08 sep 2015

World Values Survey Association at the United Nations


“Monitoring the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators: The role of social surveys.”






Joint expert meeting of International IDEA, World Values Survey Association and UNDP took place on April, 27, 2015. The topic of the Expert meeting was “Monitoring the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators: The role of social surveys”. The event took place at the UN in New York, USA and was devoted to consideration of the contribution of social surveys to indicators monitoring the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

The event was opened by the welcoming notes of Yves Leterme (Secretary General, International IDEA), Christian Haerpfer (President WVSA) and Paul Ladd (Director, Post-2015 and SDGs Team, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support/BPPS, UNDP).

The morning session from 9:30 am to 1.30pm was open to public, and it featured expert panels discussing the role of social surveys in the data revolution for sustainable development goals.

Panel 1 The Role of Social Surveys in the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development Goals was chaired by Yves Leterme (Secretary General, International IDEA).

The panel included presentations by:

• Christian Haerpfer (WVSA, UK): Developing the 7th wave WVS survey and the SDGs;

• Pippa Norris (WVSA, Australia/US): Monitoring through survey data;

• Ronald Inglehart (WVSA, US): The World Values Surveys and Human Development.

Discussion was opened by Mitchell Toomey (Director, Millennium Campaign, BPPS, UNDP) and Samantha Custer (Director of Policy and Communications, AidData).

Panel 2 The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development: Priorities, indicators, and needs was chaired by Pippa Norris (WVSA, Australia/US) and included presentations by:

• Eva Jespersen  (Deputy Director, Human Development Report Office, UNDP)

• Laura Rodriguez-Takeuchi (Overseas Development Institute/ODI)

• Simon Scott (Development Cooperation Directorate, OECD)

• Enrico Giovannini (Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for SD) (Skype)

Discussion of the presentations was opened by Marta Lagos (WVSA, Chile), Darwish Al Emadi (WVSA, Qatar) & Christian Welzel (WVSA, Germany).