StaTact logoStaTact, data governance and monitoring of the SDGs for strengthening resilience of countries in special situations

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018


Organized by UNITAR and UN Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden

This Official Side Event organized by UNITAR in partnership with UN Statistics Division and the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden will provide space for showcasing the new problem-solving toolkit StaTact developed jointly by UNITAR and UNSD in support of monitoring the SDGs.

This tool was piloted earlier this year 2018 with the participation of 15 countries, mostly African and Asian LDCs and one SIDS country.

What is StaTact?

Born out of a partnership with the UN Statistics Division, this innovative tool enables countries to address measurement gaps that impede progress on pressing SDG policy priorities. It provides an analytical framework and a multi-stakeholder methodology to enable a team of national experts from National Statistical Offices, concerned Ministries and other parts of the data community, including non-traditional data sources, to design a short-term action plan with a focus on addressing institutional impediments to data collection, production and utilization. The objective is to bring together data producers, holders and users and help them achieve their goals for the lowest cost within one year.

The toolkit contributes to more sustainable and resilient societies through improved data governance and data utilization for policy-making purposes in selected priority areas.

Who can use StaTact?

This toolkit will be of special interest to the representatives of Planning Ministries, National Statistical Offices, line Ministries as well as all other stakeholders using or producing data.

Why do we need the StaTact?

Strategies require long-term timeframe and significant investments while some of the needs may be urgent. In some cases, there exist quick fixes to such problems. The role of the StaTact is to help countries identify such quick fixes as well as address bottlenecks they are facing in implementing long-term plans such as National Strategies for the Development of Statistics, National Development Plans or others. In short, the StaTact toolkit is about strengthening data availability and utilization by policy-makers to build stronger and more resilient societies through a better dialogue and collaboration within the National Statistical System and the leveraging of administrative data and other non-traditional data sources such as Big Data, NGOs, geospatial, etc.

Simultaneous interpretation English-French will be provided.


The event will be followed by reception


  • Mr. Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UN Statistics Division (UNSD)

What is a StaTact?

  • Mr. Einar Bjorgo, Director, Division for Satelite Analysis and Applied Research, UNITAR
  • Ms. Elena Proden, Specialist, UNITAR
  • Mr. Gabriel Gamez, Inter-regional Adviser, UN Statistics Division (UNSD)
  • Mr. Geoffrey Greenwell, Consultant, UNITAR

Sharing StaTact experience

  • SURINAME: Mr. Iwan A. Sno, Director, General Bureau of Statistics of Suriname
  • UGANDA: Mr. James Muwonge, Director, Socio-Economic Surveys, Uganda Bureau of Statistics
  • TOGO:  Mr. Tchaou Meatchi, Director of Planning and Development Policies, Ministry of Planning of Togo


Quotes from the users:

  • “Good tool to assess the problems and come up with possible solutions along with immediate action plan”.
  • “The tool was useful in identifying key challenges and opportunities for improving coordination”.
  • «The toolkit would be very helpful for reviewing National Development Plan in our country».
  • «We would be interested in applying it at a sectoral level».