SGPIA Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Delivers Keynote Speech on Sustainable Development Goals

(l-r) Martínez-Solimán (speaking), Kirby, Auer, Fukuda-Parr, Guzmán, Kamal-Yanni. Photo by: William New.

Professor Fukuda-Parr gave the keynote speech at the UN High Level Political Forum on July 10th, addressing the challenges in tracking progress of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. During the event, she spoke to the enormity of the task at hand, exemplified by the fact that today no countries – neither in the Global North or South – collect all 232 indicators agreed upon for tracking the SDGs, and massive capacity building is needed.

Professor Fukuda-Parr also addressed the inherent bias in collection methods and how the current fast-paced, technology-driven development in data sources and methods of data gathering calls for critical review of such developments before blindly implementing them. “Data and measurement are technical issues requiring expertise to ensure that they are legitimate and reliable. Yet they are also deeply political. They need to be scrutinized and interpreted with care. And while data are essential, we also need to ask what they do not show and the trends that they mask,” she said.

You can read the entire speech here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/24969hlpf_presentation_july_2017_clean.pdf

Professor Fukuda-Parr also spoke at a panel on access to medicines in relation to the SDGs – for a detailed summary go to IP-Watch: https://www.ip-watch.org/2017/07/23/case-nations-stakeholders-act-medicines-access/