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WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development

Print ISSN: 1790-5079
E-ISSN: 2224-3496

Volume 13, 2017

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Volume 13, 2017

Official Statistics and the Politics of Sustainable Development

AUTHORS: Paul Allin

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ABSTRACT: Sustainable development is increasingly defined in terms of indicators and targets, notably to help put into practice the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development. All countries have committed to developing broader measures of progress to complement GDP. There are many challenges to be faced in designing and delivering indicators that will be relevant, reliable, usable and affordable. The official statistics system is envisioned to undertake this work, as a core part of its role to serve governments, economies and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation. Standards, quality control and international collaboration are essential features of official statistics. However, the crucial issue is how new indicators will be used. We look at political demands for new measures of sustainable development and discuss issues concerning their use. We consider the need for active engagement of official statistical offices as well as the involvement of the media, policy-makers and politicians. Will the publication of sustainable development indicators stimulate behaviour change, leading to more sustainable development by consumers and businesses, or will the indicators only be used to record our development?

KEYWORDS: Indicators, Targets, Beyond GDP, National Statistical Systems, Statistics Users


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WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1790-5079 / 2224-3496, Volume 13, 2017, Art. #7, pp. 49-56

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