Population data critical to sustainable future for all

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A family in Docordó, Colombia. Photo: UNFPA/Daniel Baldotto

Population data is critical to achieving a "life of dignity" for all people.

That is what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the opening of the latest session of the UN Commission on Population and Development on Monday.

Mr Ban described it as a "landmark" gathering, the first commission to convene following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Dianne Penn reports.

One of the key tenets of the 2030 Agenda is that no one is left behind.

To live up to this commitment, everyone must be counted, the UN chief told delegates.

Mr Ban welcomed the Commission's focus on strengthening demographic evidence as the basis for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which target poverty, inequality and climate change.

"The SDGs are fundamentally focused on equality. Population data and analysis are critical to ending inequalities, helping people who are hard to reach, and ushering in a life of dignity for all."

The UN chief also stated that mass displacement is among the "most dramatic population trends" of today. 

Some 60 million people worldwide are displaced within their homelands or internationally, according to UN estimates.

Mr Ban previewed upcoming global meetings to address the issue, such as the World Humanitarian Summit to be held next month in Istanbul, Turkey.

He said the UN is mobilizing leaders to "foster a spirit of global solidarity and encourage the sharing of responsibilities, " something which he said will benefit everyone.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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