Statistics Botswana together with experts from the African Centre for Statistics (ACS) of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) and UN-HABITAT converged on a 3 day (13 - 15 December 2017) regional training workshop on the collection, analysis and reporting on human settlements SDG indicators, including the use of spatial data at Cresta President Hotel in Gaborone.
The workshop which was hosted by Statistics Botswana aimed to increase knowledge and awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) human settlements indicators among all partners and create a common understanding of the inter-related nature of the SDGs and other human settlements indicators.
The training workshop was a follow up of the first technical workshop on human settlements indicators (Goal 11+) meeting that discussed the methodological issues, capacity development strategies and partnership arrangements for delivering on all human settlements indicators.
In her welcome remarks, Statistician General (SG) Ms. Anna Majelantle said the workshop was the second one hosted by Statistics Botswana in collaboration with the ECA this year as the first one was held during 7 – 11 August 2017 dubbed, ‘The Effective Use of Food Balance Sheets for Agricultural Statistics’.
SG also said the workshop was therefore timely and relevant as discussions would enrich participant’s capacity to provide information on human settlements SDG indicators, as well as facilitate informed decision making.
She high-lighted that Agenda 2030 encompassing the SDGs is a very ambitious and noble effort which the world community has committed to achieving as it has an all-inclusive theme of “Leave No One Behind”.
“Our own continental development framework - the African Agenda 2063 commits us to achieving a prosperous Africa that is based on inclusive growth and sustainable development”, she noted.
She reminded the participants to keep in mind that, as governments take lead in the development of human settlements, it is paramount that they are enabled to make informed decisions through the provision of timely measurements on human settlements indicators.