Representatives of national statistics institutes in Latin America and the Caribbean reaffirmed yesterday, the importance of strengthening and integrating national statistical systems to obtain reliable and quality data that allows for providing follow-up and facing the challenges posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The meeting – which is expected to conclude today at the central headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) in Santiago, Chile – was inaugurated by Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, and Guillermo Pattillo, Director of the National Institute of Statistics of Chile, in his role as Chair of the Statistical Conference of the Americas.

Bárcena said the regional forum is an excellent mechanism for addressing the challenges that the 2030 Agenda process creates as well as for the designing and calculating of indicators needed for its Sustainable Development Goals.

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