Global Challenges and the Importance of Relevant and Timely Data
7th International Conference on
Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics
UN Deputy Secretary-General
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
UN USG and Executive Secretary, UNESCAP
UN ASG for Economic Development
At this moment the world faces many global challenges related to environment, climate change, health, food insecurity, economic recovery or human displacement. To take appropriate action, governments have to understand and monitor the existing situation and therefore need relevant and timely data. The statistical community is tasked to deliver these data, in particular also data on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Emerging issues require timely and flexible production of indicators often in collaboration with strategic partners from public and private sector as well as academia. The Big Data Conference, which will take place from 7 till 11 November 2022 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, will focus on the use of new data sources and use of data science in dialogues with decision makers and experts from all stakeholder communities. It will also include the 2022 Big Data Hackathon.
The program of the conference will consist of Ministerial Dialogues on the first day around the main themes of "Global Economic Recovery", "Food Security" and "Access to Relevant Data". The second day will have dialogues with experts of the global statistical community. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics will review in an open session the work of the past year and, more importantly, will discuss the way forward on incorporating big data and data science into the standard business processes of statistical organizations. The latter part of week will showcase the 2022 Big Data Hackathon as well as several workshops.
Monday, 7 Nov 2022
Opening Ceremony and Ministerial Dialogues
Topics: Food security, Economic Recovery, Access to Data
Tuesday, 8 Nov 2022
Topics: Big Data, Data Science, Earth Observations, Mobile Phone Data, Capacity Development
Hackathon on Global Challenges
Global Economic Recovery
Rising energy prices are accelerating the cost-of-living crisis and sustaining the vicious cycle of constrained household budgets, food insecurity, energy poverty, and rising social unrest. The crisis is deeply impacting vulnerable populations in developing countries, threatening hard-won gains in the access to energy.
Supporting the livelihoods of small-scale food producers, improving the resilience of food production systems and encouraging the sustainable use of natural resources are all key to fulfilling this mandate and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2), a world without hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.
Access to Relevant Data
"We... call upon national governments and relevant ministries to support national statistical offices in their key coordinating role in the access to data held by the private sector for official statistical purposes, bearing in mind the critical role of high-quality, independent and impartial official statistics..."