The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Achieving these goals requires integrated action on social, environmental and economic challenges, with a focus on development that leaves no one behind. But data for global, regional and national development policy-making are still lacking.
Dr. Tara Cookson, Canada Research Chair in Gender, Development, and Global Public Policy, is exploring the "gender data revolution"-a shift in development policy that puts gender data at the heart of efforts to achieve the SDGs. She and her research team are trying to understand the revolution in terms of its potential to shape power relations among development leaders and influence priorities and financing policy issues in the field.