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Towards regional and national statistical capacities for measuring peace, rule of law and governance

An agenda for the post-2015 sustainable development goals framework


"Governance, peace and security are important to measure – and they are measurable.” This was the conclusion reached by African statistical offices already producing statistics on these issues, at a meeting held at the African Union on 11-12 June, which brought together 90 experts, including representatives from 24 African National Statistical Offices, data specialists on peace and governance, African Union Commission (AUC) officials, policymakers, civil society organisations and UN agencies.

Drawing on pioneering work on statistics on governance, peace, and security currently taking place in the region, including the AUC’s Strategy for the Harmonization of Statistics in Africa’s Group on Governance, Peace and Security, the City Group on Governance, Peace and Security statistics, the African Peer Review Mechanism, the Continental Early Warning System, Ushahidi and the G7+ grouping, the consultation reviewed the formulation of peace, governance, and rule of law targets proposed by the UN’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, proposed measurable and relevant indicators, and discussed emerging innovative data collection methods. The meeting also served to inform ongoing efforts by the AUC to define specific targets and indicators aligned with the Peace and Security pillar of the Common African Position on the post-2015 agenda.

This outcome document highlights the key messages emanating from the meeting and includes the list of indicators that meeting participants proposed for post-2015 targets on peace, governance and the rule of law.

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