United Nations World Data Forum 2020

18th Oct 2020

United Nations World Data Forum 2020

The third UN World Data Forum will be held from 18 to 21 October 2020 in Bern, Switzerland.

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.

The Programme of the UN World Data Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics.
  1. New approaches to capacity development for better data
  2. Innovations and synergies across data ecosystems
  3. Leaving no one behind
  4. Understanding the world through data
  5. Building trust in data and statistics
  6. how fare have we come?
The forum is designed to bring together representatives, users and producers, from various sectors working with data to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions under each thematic area should showcase practical solutions and hands-on experiences, and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities. Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in a variety of session formats, including plenary sessions, round table dialogues, debates, break-out spaces, innovation labs and workshops, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits and virtual forums.
The Programme for the UN World Data Forum is developed through an open call for session proposals. The open call is launched in December 2019.

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