ESCWA Data Strategy - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia


ESCWA Data Strategy

ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/OES/2021/INF.2

Publication Type: Information material

Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination, Climate Change and Natural Resource Sustainability, Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development, Governance and Conflict Prevention, Shared Economic Prosperity, Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: Technology & innovation

Keywords: Big data, Data analysis, Data modelling, Data processing, Data protection, Data storage, Electronic data interchange, Metadata

ESCWA Data Strategy

August 2021

This Strategy supports the mandate of ESCWA to better utilize local, national and regional data sources and adapts the 2020-2022 Data Strategy of the Secretary-General for Action by Everyone, Everywhere to the ESCWA context. The ESCWA data strategy articulates a vision and mission based on the analysis of the organization’s data challenges (gap analysis via the fishbone approach), and accordingly scopes the following four critical work areas: statistical data; data analytics; data management; and data platforms.

The strategy calls for the formation of a data strategy action group at ESCWA to oversee the implementation of ESCWA data initiatives, and coordinate with the wider statistics and data community of the United Nations system. The document is not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive, and recognizes the demarcated nature of ESCWA clusters, offices, units and teams. It leverages data use and information sharing as a strategic asset for a more agile organization to better serve member States.

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