SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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Launched on World Statistics Day, the portal allows users to conduct customized analysis of the trade-related SDG indicators, with the objective of improving understanding of the relationship between trade and development in the SDG agenda and highlighting the latest state of play in achieving the relevant SDG targets. The portal can be accessed here: https://sdgtrade.org/

Deputy Director-General Yonov Frederick Agah, who oversees development matters in the WTO, said at the launch event at the WTO: “Trade has an important role to play in the attainment of these goals. Over the last 15 years, trade has been an engine for economic growth and has unlocked massive poverty reduction gains and socio-economic development across the globe, particularly in developing countries. … The SDG Trade Monitor is the result of a collective effort between UNCTAD, ITC and the WTO. This multi-agency collaboration is an example of the hard work and the value proposition of the Geneva trade hub, further proving that multilateral efforts in trade are possible and worthwhile.”

UNCTAD's Deputy Secretary-General, Isabelle Durant, said: “We have designed the SDG Trade Monitor to be a one-stop-shop. Users can easily obtain the most updated, official figures of trade-related SDG indicators. Hence, it is a critical contribution in the spirit of William Deming, the father of quality assurance systems, who said: “In God we trust; all others must bring data.””

ITC's Executive Director, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, said: “Statistics matter. Data matters. Intelligence matters. For micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) — ITC’s core constituency — data and intelligence is what keeps them afloat. It is what helps them to understand what to produce, when to produce it and where to sell it. … We all agree that trade is one of the most crucial means of implementing the SDGs. Everything from productive capacity to market access to the cross-border movement of food and medical goods and services is recognised and reflected in the targets established by the 2030 Agenda.”

The SDG Trade Monitor gathers information on the following SDG targets:

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