Internalizing the SDGs into the national development policy and regularly monitoring the achievements made towards the 2030 Agenda is a comprehensive process that will involve the whole country and that will require investing in capacities, tools and practices. People will be asked to participate actively in and contribute to this national objective. In order to bring them into this huge endeavour, it is important to explain to them why such an effort is to be made and what are the benefits that could be drawn from it.
The communication plan should thus help building a national consensus on the national “conversion plan” and the related monitoring system or, at least, it should allow the circulation of a comprehensive and transparent information to all actors involved in an easy-to-read and accessible way. The investment should be made at different levels:
In terms of communication, one size doesn’t fit all and targeted promotion tools should be sought for making sure that the messages sent are relevant and understandable. The social media and the journalists should be specifically considered as important relays of information towards all the users and stakeholders.
Communication plan on the level of national achievement of the SDGs is available
Communication tools/ instruments are available for specific groups of the population (young people, researchers and academics, the private sector, the civil society etc.) and local areas (municipalities, regional governments, etc.)
Assessment of communication needs, channels and instruments.
Specific activities targeted to journalists and to the media in general (including the social media) as relays of information on the national communication plan itself and on its content/coverage
Training for specific groups on Data Visualisation, Communication on social media, official statistics, etc.
Development of guides on how to write about statistics (data journalism). (Example: ttps://style.ons.gov.uk/)
Example: GIZ project Ecuador “Ecuador SinCero”: The project is cooperating with the Deutsche Welle Akademie for train-the-trainer Courses on data journalism.
Training course on “Public relations and statistics”
Other German bodies: DIE – Global Festival of Action – globalfestivalofaction.org
Links with Steering process: Clarity of the national commitment to SDGs and contribution to building a national consensus (also important for the mobilisation of resources). Mobilisation of resources
Links with Core processes: Visibility for the monitoring system and its statistical aspects; visibility for research and for regional and international sharing of experiences
Dissemination platform (managed by the NSI?)
Data visualisation (attractive presentation of the results)
Importance of a clear reporting schedule
Links with the other Supporting processes: Capacity building will be crucial in an area that is not generally on the radar of technical institutions, such as the NSO. Digitalisation also requires a transparent information and explanation on the benefits it may generate.