Dr. Osvaldo Borges, President of Cabo Verde’s Institute of National Statistics presenting the work of the Praia Group at the UN Statistical Commission’s 51st session.

The Praia City Group Handbook was Launched on the 5th March at the UN Statistical Commission. This Handbook on Governance Statistics is an important steppingstone towards achieving international statistical standards in all areas of governance statistics and is primarily targeted towards national statistical agencies but is also a tool for all those wishing to produce and understand governance statistics. It takes stock of existing practices in governance data collection and proposes guidelines for the improved production and compilation of official governance statistics. It is also a comprehensive resource for monitoring progress on SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong institutions). It is divided in two main parts. The first part addresses cross-cutting issues applicable to all or most dimensions of governance statistics. The second part of the Handbook provides guidance on eight dimensions of governance: non-discrimination and equality; participation; openness; access to and quality of justice; responsiveness; absence of corruption; trust; and safety and security.

The Praia report was endorsed by the Commission and the request to extend the mandate of the Praia group was approved to the year 2025. Several member states gave official statements in strong support of the work of the Praia Group and the Handbook including: Bangladesh, Equatorial Guinea, Korea, Armenia, France, Angola, Burundi, Mexico, Libya, Mali, Sweden, Philippines, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Switzerland, UK and Japan stressing the relevance of the Handbook and the need for capacity and technical support for measurement. The endorsement and extension of the Group’s mandate augur well for the future, especially as Governance statistics are fundamental to ensuring that the relationship between the State and its peoples is inclusive, transparent and accountable. Gov. Statistics assist in monitoring the performance of government and in better understanding the contribution of governance in its various dimensions to development. They contribute to the measurement and realization of human rights and can help to identify groups or sub-groups in the population that are most affected by the dysfunctions of governance systems, with a view to putting in place appropriately targeted policies, as reflected in the 2030 Agenda’s pledge to “leave no one behind.”

For more information about the Handbook and/or its launch please write to: group.praia@gmail.com