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UN Data Forum in #CapeTown S. Africa from Jan.15-18

The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


It will be an opportunity for data and statistics experts from around the world to:

JOIN together in this unique event with governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities.
EXPLORE innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
CONTRIBUTE to important discussions, data labs and interactive platforms aimed at improving the use of data for sustainable development.
LAUNCH new initiatives and solutions that will deliver better data for all.




Following one of the main recommendations contained in the report entitled “A World That Counts” , presented in November 2014 by the United Nations Secretary-General’s Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the Statistical Commission agreed that a United Nations World Data Forum on Sustainable Development Data (UN World Data Forum) would be the suitable platform for intensifying cooperation with various professional groups, such as information technology, geospatial information managers, data scientists, and users, as well as civil society stakeholders.

With the guidance of the Statistical Commission, and the support of the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG), in close consultation with member states and international partners, will be leading the discussion on the organization of the UN World Data Forum. The first United Nations World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2017. The Opening Ceremony will take place Sunday evening, 15 January, and the Forum will close on the 18 January 2017. The substantive sessions of the Forum will take place between 16 and 18 January 2017.


The Programme of the first UN World Data Forum is organized around six main themes covering a wide range of topics. Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in plenary sessions, break-out spaces, innovation labs, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits and virtual forums.


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Opening Ceremony


9:00 am - 10:30 am Auditorium 1
The first UN World Data Forum – Harnessing the power of data for sustainable development
This session will set the stage and provide the overall framework for the discussion on the six thematic areas of the UN WDF. The interventions will aim at providing the background on how the importance of data has gained an unprecedented recognition over the last few years. They panels will also address the changing nature […]


10:45 am - 12:15 pm Auditorium 1
(TA2.04) Big data innovations
1. An overview presentation on harnessing big data both to measure and to achieve sustainable development in today’s complex, ever-changing world. 2. Lightning talks from the field with demonstrations of operational real-time analytics tools as well as the latest discoveries from emerging big data sources. 3. Panel discussion on opportunities for impact and challenges with […]


10:45 am - 12:15 pm Auditorium 2
(TA5.14) What is the role of open data to support national statistics and monitoring against the SDGs?
Panel discussion getting into some of the challenges and opportunities on using open data for SDGs


10:45 am - 12:15 pm Meeting Room 1.60
(TA4.05) Data literacy: What, Why and How?
Much has been written and debated about the nature and descriptions of statistical literacy, particularly over the past two to three decades, but amidst all the word-smithing is general agreement that it provides a foundation enabler for all for the diversity of data likely to be met by citizens in the course of their lives. […]


10:45 am - 12:15 pm Roof Terrace
(TA2.13) Public-partnership approaches to sharing government and business data to enable effective decision making towards the SDGs
The session aims to identify the mutual benefits for government, business and civil society, at global, regional and local levels, of sharing business and government information to monitor progress towards the SDGs. It will also discuss how partnerships and collaboration can be used to address data challenges, and showcase practical examples.


10:45 am - 12:15 pm Meeting Room 2.44
(TA2.09) Innovations in Linking CRVS and identity management systems for monitoring SDGs and national development plans
The integration of CRVS and identity management systems has multiple benefits in several sectors. Using a unique identification number to link a national civil register with other databases, such as for migration, employment, social security, taxation, education, and voter rolls, allows the government to maintain up-to-date, reliable information about its population to perform specific administrative […]






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