"Evidence saves lives", says senior UN official

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Countries around the world need to generate evidence. Photo: UNDP/Marta Remoneda (file)

Countries around the world need to generate evidence that shows what is being done to promote development and improve people's lives.

That's what the new Chair of the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) said during the launch of its most recent publication in New York on Friday.

The UNEG is an interagency professional network that brings together the evaluation units of the UN system, including UN departments, agencies, funds, programmes as well as affiliated organizations.

Stephanie Coutrix reports.

The publication, entitled "Evidence Changes Lives-Realizing Evaluation's Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals" was launched on the last day of the annual UNEG Evaluation Week which started on Monday.

Marco Segone, the Chair of the Group and Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the UN's agency for gender equality, UN Women, spoke to reporters during the launch of the publication in New York.

"Evidence saves life but to be able to save lives we need good quality evidence. We need evidence that looks at the structural problems of development. We need to have evidence that tells us, why for example women are excluded, why they are not included in political participation, in the economic society. We have to understand the context of why that happens, and that's why this evidence has to be generated by the country." (29")

Mr Segone stressed the need to strengthen the capacity of countries to be able to collect and evaluate evidence.

He said that's why 2015 was declared the International Year of Evaluation in order to mainstream this activity.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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