The UN World Data Forum 2020 (UNWDF 2020) will bring together data leaders from diverse stakeholder groups, including national and international statistical systems, academia, business community and civil society, to exchange ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities on a wide variety of topics organized across six thematic areas of the Forum.
The Programme Committee of the UNWDF 2020 aims to have imaginative sessions that address issues of interest to a broad constituency, incorporate innovative approaches to data and statistics and include concrete recommendations or announce new initiatives. Over the course of the three-day Forum, there will be opportunities to engage in sessions focusing on the opportunities and challenges in data production and use in a changing data landscape and sharing ideas for solutions and strategies for the way forward.
We invite you to submit session proposals from 2 December 2019 through 31 January 2020.
The programme for the UNWDF 2020 is being developed by a Programme Committee comprised of members from national statistical offices, academia, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, private sector, the donor community, and geospatial information community. The Forum is organized around six thematic areas . To help guide submissions, the programme committee has developed guiding questions as examples of the types of issues that could be addressed under the thematic areas. They are to help guide in the proposals for sessions and to highlight some possible areas on which to focus. However, the listed questions are not meant to exclude additional topics or points under the thematic area. The list contains some aspects the thematic area addressed, and is not considered exhaustive. Please incorporate how your proposals address the various aspects of the thematic area in your session description.
Proposals will be evaluated against a set of criteria to ensure that there is a balance across the thematic areas, a wide range of topics under each area are covered and different session formats are offered under each area.
The Programme Committee will consider the following aspects when evaluating proposals:
- Relevance and impact– session is aligned with the thematic areas and contributes to the overall objectives of the Forum;
- Diversity – session speakers, presenters and moderator reflect geographical and gender diversity;
- Data Innovation – session includes discussion of innovative data sources, approaches, method, partnerships;
- Creativity – session design is likely to foster engagement/interaction with the audience;
- Data communities – session speakers, presenters and moderator draw from a variety of data communities, and session is designed to foster interaction across data communities;
- Concrete – Session showcases and discusses concrete experiences with data production and data use, and offers concrete recommendations or launch of new initiatives and partnerships.
Only proposals with a balanced gender representation will be considered. Also, preference will be given to sessions that include diverse geographical representation. Where possible, special emphasis on engagement with policy makers and the inclusion of high-level speakers will be considered an asset.
The Programme Committee encourages collaboration and joint proposals bringing together various data communities to strengthen the proposals and ensure a diverse representation. Furthermore, the Programme Committee or the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building (HLG-PCCB) may request revisions to some proposals, or for proposals with very similar content and/or with the same speakers to be merged. Revised proposals are subject to the approval of the Programme Committee and/or HLG-PCCB.
Please note that decisions about the inclusion of a session proposal is based on the content and composition of proposal as well as the proposed session format, when submitted. If there are significant changes to the session, in its composition, focus, or session format, the Programme Committee and/or HLG-PCCB reserve the right to cancel sessions.
The final programme will be approved by the UN Statistical Commission’s High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building.
Call for session proposals for UNWDF 2020 will close on 31 January 2020.
All applicants will be informed about the status of their application by 31 March 2020.
Additional guidelines for submitting your proposal can be found here
- Focal point to be contacted for follow up on the submission (name, affiliation and email)
- Relevance to Thematic Area of UNWDF 2020
- Session Title
- Session Description – short description of session, including focus, scope, and objectives.
- Submissions to previous UNWDF or other venue/forum/meeting/workshop
- Main expected outcome of the session – are there any “outputs” expected from the proposed session? How does the session outcomes contribute to the overall objectives of the UNWDF 2020?
- Session Format
- Expected duration of each session is 1 hour and 15 minutes. There will be approximately 80 sessions.
- Different modes of delivery are encouraged besides panel discussions to ensure effective interactive exchange with the audience and for the Forum to be as participatory as possible. Some possible formats include beehive/round tables, fishbowl, hackathon, workshops/data labs, panel discussions, Ted-talk type presentations, among others. Additional formats will be considered. More information on formats available here
- Interactive formats of delivery are encouraged to ensure that the Forum is as participatory and interactive as possible.
- Please describe the requested format for the proposed session, including the IT requirements and room setup.
- Please note that the programme might not be able to accommodate all suggested formats.
- Proposed speakers, including name, gender, affiliation, country and email for each speaker
- Proposed Moderators/Chair/Discussant, including name, gender, affiliation, country and email
- Session organizer(s)*, including name, gender, affiliation, country and email
*Session organizers are responsible for :
- ensuring contact with the panelists and moderators of their sessions and proper communication of organizational aspects based on the information provided by the Secretariat of the Forum
- ensuring that speakers register for the Forum and make their own travel and accommodation arrangements
- collecting all presentations from the speakers, ensuring speakers are present at the time of the session, and to prepare a short summary of the session to be submitted after the event to email@example.com.