While Canadians tried to talk census sense to their rulers, here’s what the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, had to say about the importance of the census on Sunday July 11:
â€œPopulation data helps leaders and policy-makers to make informed decisions about policies and programmes to reduce poverty and hunger, and advance education, health and gender equality,â€
The story goes on to say:
“With dozens of countries carrying out United Nations-supported national censuses this year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon marked this year’s World Population Day by stressing the importance of gathering information to bolster good governance, transparency and accountability. … He underscored the importance of solid data to effectively respond to humanitarian crises. The theme of this year’s Day is â€œEveryone counts,â€ and â€œto be counted is to become visible,â€ especially for women and young people, the Secretary-General said.” Read more
Thanks to Martha Friendly to bring this to my attention.