NEW YORK, 15th September 2016 (WAM) — Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, on Wednesday in launching a ‘Time Machine’ that will use data storytelling to highlight the lack of availability of statistics on children and particularly those related to child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators.

“[The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development] pledged to leave no one behind. That means focusing on the most vulnerable – those who are furthest behind,” Mr. Ban said at the Back To Present: Launch of a Time Machine event at UN Headquarters in New York.

“Meeting that goal requires data. Reliable, timely data,” he underscored.

The UN chief said that progress needs to be monitored and information on it made available in an accessible and usable form as widely as possible, and for doing so, significant investments need to made in systems for the collection, analysis and reporting of data at national, regional and global levels.

Drawing particular attention to “blank spaces” – lack of availability of complete data – in the statistics of many countries, the Secretary-General said that this unavailability not only impacted the quality of decisions but also the ability to hold policy makers to account.

“Quality numbers alone will not change people’s lives,” he said, “but being counted makes everyone visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights.”

The Time Machine – produced by UNICEF in partnership with Domestic Data Streamers, a Barcelona-based agency that explores new ways of communicating through data storytelling – is a capsule-like structure that demonstrates data through art by translating childhood memories based on data into sound, giving visitors an opportunity to understand what data on children is currently available and what data is not.

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