Former Collaborating Researcher
Shaswat Sapkota is Associate Statistician in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Monitoring Section in the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in New York. He works in drafting the global SDG progress reports and is well-versed with SDG indicators. He oversaw the publication of E-Handbook on Sustainable Development Goals Indicators, a resource targeted towards national statisticians to support them in their work to collect, calculate and monitor the SDGs using data produced by national statistical systems. Shaswat Sapkota also coordinates the work of the Global Network of Institutions for Statistical Training and is engaged in various capacity building initiatives that support countries in effectively monitoring the SDGs. More recently, he designed training materials and conducted workshops to train government officials on preparation of metadata for SDG indicators, and on effective communication of statistics to policy makers. He collaborates with various other UN divisions to support Member States to produce evidence-based Voluntary National Reports on SDG progress. Before joining United Nations Statistics Division in New York, he worked in sustainable development policies at UN-ESCAP’s sub-regional office in Suva, Fiji. He has a Master’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.