Plenary Session 1

Data Ecosystem

This session highlights the developments in the data ecosystem for SDG monitoring at the international and country level perspective.

Secretariat Manager

Johannes Jütting serves as Manager of PARIS21, where he promotes the improved use of data and statistics throughout the developing world. A trained development economist, prior to joining PARIS21, Mr. Jütting led the Poverty Reduction Teams at the OECD Development Centre and the Center for Global Development Research.


Data ecosystems for the SDGs
Chief, Statistical Service Branch
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

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Francesca Perucci is the chief of the Statistical Services Branch in the UN Statistics Division where she oversees the work of the Statistics Division on SDGs. Between 2002 and 2012, she was responsible for the programme on the global monitoring of the MDGs.

For a number of years, she also managed the capacity development programme of the Statistics Division to strengthen statistical systems in countries, with a focus on statistics and indicators to monitor development and the MDGs.

Ms. Perucci initiated her career in the UN as a technical adviser on gender and social statistics. Since then, in different positions within the UN system, she has focused on developing and promoting the use of statistics and indicators to monitor progress in development and to inform policies.

Between 2012 and 2014, she was assistant Director at the UN Population Division where her work focused on demographic analysis and the substantive support to the intergovernmental process on population and development.

Role of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office in the Swiss Administration within the Framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Deputy Head, Unit International Affairs
Swiss Federal Statistical Office

On 6th July 2017 the UN General Assembly approved the statistical resolution entitled “Work of the UN Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. This resolution gives the UN Statistical Commission, the national statistics offices as well as the international organisations concerned, a clearly defined mandate to develop the fundament for the global monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It comprises 231 global indicators devised by a group of experts for the monitoring of the 2030 Agenda. The resolution recognises that national data from official statistics offices should form the basis for these indicators. Since 2012 the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (FSO) has been institutionally embedded in all processes related to the post-2015- and SDGs-Agenda. FSO participated actively in the Swiss Task Force “Post-2015-Agenda” to present and defend the role of official statistics to the other 17 ministries involved. This way it has been possible to show how the development of targets and goals could be directly linked with the development of indicators at an early stage. During the time frame 2012-2015 a network within the Swiss administration was active and represented a key element in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015. From the right beginning FSO could use this network to play an active role and bring national, regional or global issues related to statics at political level. Today an active collaboration between FSO and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has resulted out of this active involvement. Switzerland is currently one of a few countries that regularly raises the voice for statistics at political level. FSO is currently dealing with two different topics. Firstly, FSO together with other involved ministries “translate” the global goals and targets to the national context and in parallel extend the already existing national monitoring system of sustainable development to fit the requirement of the 2030 Agenda. Secondly, FSO is developing together with the FDFA a strategy to make official statistics more influent on the political level. The presentation will focus on the following elements: a) Overview of the institutional arrangements since 2012; b) Current status and running activities; c) Lessons learned – positive and negative aspects.


Benjamin Rothen studied Political Science, History and Economics in Bern, Switzerland and Örebro, Sweden. He has worked at the Swiss Federal Statistical Office since February 2009. From 2009 until end of 2011, he worked in the revision team of the consumer price index. Since February 2012, he is working in the international affairs unit. Since 2013, he is the deputy head of the unit. The key areas of the work are the coordination of the Swiss position for conferences at UN, OECD and IMF. Additionally, he is in charge of all work related to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, he coordinates all technical cooperation projects of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

Disaggregated SDG Monitoring by a Wider Use of Administrative Registers
Head of Section
Statistics Denmark

The focus of the presentation is on the need for detailed data in order to support statistically the goal of ‘leaving no one behind'. This calls for detailed statistics based on new data sources like data from administrative registers and Big Data.


Mr. Maciej Truszczynski has been working for more than 10 years in the field of Statistics. First, in the production of statistics (government finances) then in Management Office where his responsibilities were negotiating European statistical legislation, among others. Since 2015, he has been heavily involved with works on the SDGs (national coordinator on statistical work on the SDGs). All the three areas have given him a wide knowledge on the use of administrative data in statistics, both from practical, legislative and theoretical side.

Data Ecosystem: Development in the International Community and Countries in the SDG Monitoring
Deputy Chief Statistician
Department of Statistics Malaysia

The paper deals with the challenges faced at the top management level for NSO who want to develop the use of admin data for the production of official statistics. These challenges are both external and internal. Externally management has to build trust and good relations to politicians as well as data providers being it other state authorities, local authorties or private companies - as well as - and very important - also trust in the population for the use of detailed micro data for statistical production. Internally top-management has to build trust among employees in the statistical agencies in the change of production that the use of admin data implies for them. The paper will deal with how this is done in the Danish statistical production system where most of social statistics is produced based on admin data.


Mr. Azahari Mohd Raslan serves as Deputy Chief Statistician (Programme Economy) at the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM). He holds a Master in Econometrics from the National University of Malaysia (2006). He started his career as a Statistician at the Department of Statistics Malaysia, in 1981 and became the Deputy Chief Statistician Malaysia in 2016. He has served the Department for the past 36 years. Over the years, he has climbed the ladder by serving in many different divisions in the Department such as Price Income Household and Expenditure Division, Methodology and Research Division, Data Coordination Division by producing integrity and reliable statistics as well as responsible in developing the Malaysia Statistical Training Institute (ILSM) for the purpose of human resource development in the field of statistics for the department's personnel. In addition to the extensive experience and contribution in the Department, he also actively participates in the national projects undertaken by government and private agencies for the national development as well as participated in meetings representing Malaysia internationally.