Asia-Pacific Countries support ground-breaking strategy to 'make every life count'Listen /
Leading statisticians and senior government officials from 41 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have agreed to ambitious steps to improve environment and social statistics, critical in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.
They've also endorsed a strategy to improve civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in the region.
Speaking at the opening, UN Under Secretary-General Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, declared that "Statistics alone do not feed the hungry, create jobs, or change lives, but they can help us to see new options and better target our actions to build a more inclusive and sustainable Asia-Pacific region.".
The agreement on a core set of population and social statistics carries considerable significance for the development of national statistical systems in Asia and the Pacific, and is a global milestone in social statistics development.
The steps to improve environmental statistics could ultimately encompass the development of an Asia-Pacific strategy within the framework of the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference held earlier in 2012.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.