Data ‘essential’ to 2030 agenda, UN commission on population and development told

"When people are not counted, they are excluded."

Addressing the opening of the 2016 session of the Commission on Population and Development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the importance of that body’s role in advancing the new global development agenda.

“This Commission has a proud tradition of focusing on people,” he said, stressing that the body addresses issues related to the timeless opening words of the UN Charter: ‘We the Peoples.’

Above all, people are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said of the 15-year vision unanimously adopted last year by UN Member States.

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