Dubai, UAE 25-27 January 2022

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Tuesday, 25 January 2022 10:00am Dubai / 01:00am New York

Real-time tracking of vessels and aircraft, real-time mobile positioning data, real-time tracking of postal parcels, high-frequency retail data and high-frequency satellite data are just a few examples of Big Data sources which can be transformed into timely, frequent, and very granular indicators for informed decision-making. The technology and data science exist to exploit the richness of those data sources. Nevertheless, it is still difficult for national statistical offices to use such data, the corresponding new methods, and new technologies in the statistical production.

To help statistical offices, the United Nations Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics (UN-CEBD) built a cloud-service ecosystem (called the United Nations Global Platform) which enables international collaboration in data innovation. The platform allows use of Big Data and advanced services, which help in developing new methods and applications resulting in timely and detailed indicators for the monitoring of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and as such help to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As a collaboration environment, the platform is very well suited for working and learning together, and for sharing knowledge, data and methods as a global statistical community.

Within the task teams of UN-CEBD, experts are developing new data solutions to estimate access to all-season roads in rural areas, use of open public spaces in urban areas, the shrinking or expanding sizes of water surfaces, CO2 emissions of maritime transport, commuting patterns in metropolitan areas or the number of domestic tourists at local attractions. The number of new applications in traditional areas of transport, tourism, environment, population, agriculture, or trade statistics are steadily increasing. These new data solutions can only be applied in statistical offices around the world, if training is provided at large scale in the use of Big Data and data science.

To provide opportunities for training and hands-on project activities Regional Hubs for Big Data have been established during 2020-2021 in Brazil, China, Rwanda, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These Hubs make it easier for countries to collaborate and receive training given the proximity to the hubs and the sharing of culture and language. They have just started to roll out their programmes of activities.


Expo 2020 - Dubai, the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, presents an immense opportunity to inspire, empower and drive lasting positive environmental, social and economic change on a global scale, ensuring a meaningful and measurable legacy. Expo 2020 will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to bring the world together again, to form a global collaboration that we need right now. Expo 2020 invite visitors to new ideas and perspectives with emphasis on three main sub-themes: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability.

Beyond Expo 2020, the physical site will transform into District 2020, a model global community for the future and home to world-class innovation, educational, cultural, and entertainment facilities. District 2020 has been designed to support the future of working and living, and to facilitate connection and collaboration. It will be home to an inclusive and diverse community seeking a more balanced way of life – a place that prioritizes well-being, inspires new ideas, facilitates growth and enables human potential.

The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC) of the UAE together UN-CEBD welcome the world to explore data science and big data during a three-day event at Expo 2020. FCSC also invites everyone to witness the ceremonial launch of the Regional Hub for Big Data and Data Science in UAE, which serves the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region.

  • Tuesday, 25 January - Official launch of the Regional Hub for Big Data and Data Science in UAE, plenary sessions, dialogues, and fireside chats
  • Wednesday, 26 January - Sessions of the UN-CEBD task teams with the theme of "improved decision making for sustainable development through use of Big Data and data science"
  • Special session on UN Youth Circle with the theme of "the impact of COVID-19 on people's lives"
  • Thursday, 27 January - continuation of UN-CEBD sessions in the morning, followed by the closing plenary

The UN CEBD strives to enable data-driven transformation for better decision making. It seeks to improve our world by providing access to trusted data for use at local, national and global levels. They aim to deliver a collaborative network of people and organizations, collectively building a Global Platform for trusted data, services and applications.

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