Ensuring accountability through a human rights-based approach to SDG data: experiences and learnings from National Human Rights Institutions

25 January – 14:30-16:00 CET   I  Online event


This event is organised by the Danish Institute for Human Rights in collaboration with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) in the framework of the NHRI·EU capacity development project.

Well-designed indicators, benchmarks and data collection methodologies are critical for measuring progress and critical components of the multi-layered ‘web of accountability’ that is necessary to ensure progress towards human rights fulfilment and SDG achievement.

However, the challenges of ensuring the availability of adequate data, and making it useful for policy and programming and to enhance accountability, are manifold, particularly from a human rights perspective.

Bearing these challenges in mind, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, in collaboration with GANHRI, has developed new guidance for NHRIs.

The guidance draws on experiences and lessons learned from NHRIs across the globe and identifies opportunities for using human rights standards and methods to improve official data, and bring other data sources to bear on monitoring of sustainable development and human rights. The publication illustrates how some of these challenges have been addressed, and opportunities seized, by NHRIs in practice.

This webinar will present the new publication and highlight some of the key areas of experiences and lessons learned, drawing on these NHRI experiences. Specific NHRIs will also share their experiences of working with human rights and DG data and with National Statistical offices.

Guidance for NHRIs

The Guide is also available in Spanish and French. 


The objectives of the webinar are to support NHRIs to:

  • Use human rights frameworks and approaches to ensure that adequate data is available and used to inform policy and programming related to human rights and sustainable development.
  • Advise and support national statistical offices (NSOs) on a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to data, ensuring inclusiveness and improving accountability.
  • Improve the quality of their own data and data collection efforts, with a view to filling key human rights-related data gaps.


ModeratorMaria Soledad Patane, Defensoría del Pueblo de la Nación Argentina

  • Opening remarks and introduction to the webinar – Ileana Bello, GANHRI Operations Manager
  • Brief introduction to the guidance, challenges addressed, some key lessonsFrancesca Thornberry, Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Lessons from NHRI – NSO institutional collaboration, and data disaggregationElizabeth Kamundia, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
  • Assessing the potential of NHRI data to contribute to SDG monitoringLambert Luguniah, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana
  • Experiences in collecting data on human rights education, and using data from NHRI complaints mechanismsHeba Farid, Independent Commission for Human Rights, Palestine
  • Q&A and discussion 
  • Wrap up: outline key points raised by speakers and discussion.