12.2. The objectives are:
(a) To establish a factual basis for understanding and anticipating the interrelationships of population and socio-economic, including environmental, variables, and for improving programme development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
(b) To strengthen national capacity to seek new information and meet the need for basic data collection, analysis and dissemination, giving particular attention to information classified by age, sex, ethnicity and different geographical units, in order to use the findings in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of overall sustainable development strategies and foster international cooperation, including such cooperation at the regional and subregional levels;
(c) To ensure political commitment to, and understanding of, the need for data collection on a regular basis and the analysis, dissemination and full utilization of data.