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Eight years after adopting the 2030 Agenda, several countries are facing considerable challenges in monitoring targets in many policy areas, particularly on land and gender indicators. Insufficient availability and quality of statistical information on SDG indicators hamper the capacity of policymakers to generate evidence-based and effective policy responses and implement the 2030 Agenda.

The workshop on Advancing women’s land rights and implementing SDG indicators 5.a.2 and 1.4.2 in Western Asia and beyond, taking place online on 14 December, has been organized by UN ESCWA in collaboration with FAO, UN-Habitat, GLTN and the Arab Land Initiative. The workshop contributes towards the efforts of creating a common understanding among data producers on how to collect, measure, and disseminate SDG indicators, particularly those that are less commonly produced in the Arab region, to increase data production and enhance national data flows to users and custodian agencies.

The event, targeting official statistics in the Arab countries, regional, subregional, and national gender focal points from custodian agencies, partners, and other key stakeholders, aims at:

  • Raising awareness among national institutions about the importance of SDG 5 for the 2030 Agenda as well as the need to improve data collection on SDG 5.a.2, 5.1.1, 5.a.1, and 1.4.2 as a baseline for reporting progress; 
  • Strengthening the capacities of national institutions to collect data on SDG Indicator 5.a.2, including by discussing challenges and good practices in the region and beyond; 
  • Triggering an informed discussion on the challenges of rural women in Western Asia and ways to advance women’s land rights and gender equality to promote inclusive rural transformation and sustainable development.