Reliable statistical data

Reliable statistical data
Guarantee also reliable statistical data, disaggregated by sex, age, migration status, race and ethnicity, cultural variables and geographical location, with regard to education, health, in particular sexual health and reproductive health, employment and the participation of adolescents and young people.
Priority measure number


Other priority measures of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development, such as measures 4, 98 and 103, pursue the same objective as this one, but in reference to other population groups or the population in general.

This measure is complementary to priority measures 90 and 98, in terms of generating disaggregated information on indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, respectively, and including a gender and generational perspective.

Possible lines of action

1. Improve the coverage, timeliness and quality of vital statistics and official records in general, and ensure that they contain an age distinction for identifying children, adolescents and youth. 2. Include specific surveys on children, adolescents and youth, and demographic and health surveys, in the official, regular national survey programme, and seek to harmonize contents and basic tables. 3. Establish national information systems that integrate the various sources and use common codes, for example georeferencing. 4. Democratize access to all databases, for example through online database consultations and processes. 5. Promote participation by adolescents and young people in national information systems. 6. Promote participation by girls, boys, adolescents and young people in the design, analysis and use of information survey results, taking into account the technical nature of these processes. 7. Apply criteria of transparency, diffusion, sustainability and quality to official data on this age group.

Related instruments, forums and mechanisms

Sustainable Development Goals, target 17.18 ( “By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for LDCs and SIDs, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographical location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts”).

The Statistical Conference of the Americas of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean should play a leading role in promoting and monitoring this priority measure, along with UNICEF and OIJ as mentioned above.

Girls, boys, adolescents and youth