Frequently Asked Questions

Logistics

The next Forum will take place between 11 and 14 November 2024 in the Plaza Mayor Medellín Convenciones y Exposiciones, Medellín, Colombia
No, the Forum is a United Nations conference which means there are no fees or restriction on who can register or attend the Forum but for those wishing to attend in-person are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.
The UN Department of Safety and Security will be working closely with the UNWDF secretariat (Statistics Division) and host country to ensure that the conference facilities are safe and secure for all participants.
The registration to travel and participate in-person at the venue will be open in summer 2024. The registration to attend as a virtual participant and to access the online event platform will open nearer the time of the Forum.
We encourage all participants intending to travel to register as soon as the registration is announced in summer 2024 to ensure a smooth process for obtaining a visa and your other travel arrangements.
The registration to attend as a virtual participant and to access the online event platform will open nearer the time of the Forum. The online event platform will be accessible through a web browser or smartphone app in order to watch live stream broadcasts of the high-level plenaries and other events in the programme as well as interact with these live sessions and other participants on the platform.
The Forum will launch an online event platform will open nearer the time of the Forum. The online event platform will be accessible through a web browser or smartphone app in order to watch live stream broadcasts of the high-level plenaries and other events in the programme as well as interact with these live sessions and other participants on the platform. Recordings of past sessions can also be found on the platform and through the playlists on our YouTube channel.
The UNWDF secretariat (Statistics Division) may have some limited funds for sponsoring travel and accommodation. These are usually reserved for those contributing to the programme either as organiser or speaker and they are provided thanks to the generous support of the host country and other partners. Those wishing to apply are welcome to email: dataforum@un.org and your request will be considered among other requests we receive as funds are decided.
The Forum is an in-person event to enable more creative formats and ensure high levels of engagement and networking at the venue. In contrast to the most recently held Forums, only by special exception will any virtual or hybrid mode of delivery be permitted in the programme, this includes speakers connecting remotely.
Both the conference venue and the online event platform will be made accessible to persons with disabilities. In-person, the venue hotel and transport vehicles will be equipped with disability access and a team of volunteers will be available to aid you whereas virtually, the online event platform will be chosen to meet accessibility requirements. If you have any accessibility issues or requests please contact dataforum@un.org.
The Forum will launch an online event platform nearer the time of the Forum. The online event platform will be accessible through a web browser or smartphone app in order to watch live stream broadcasts of the high-level plenaries and other events in the programme as well as interact with these live sessions and other participants on the platform. If you have any accessibility issues or requests please contact dataforum@un.org.
Given the mandate of the United Nations and the generous contribution from the host country and other partners, the Programme Committee will ensure the programme contains an equitable distribution of underrepresented groups and speakers from the global South. The Programme Committee will also make efforts to link sponsorships and partnerships with other donors to ensure the greater participation. However, there are no sponsorship funds specifically allocated to these groups as of now.

Programme

The aim of the Forum is to nurture partnerships, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
The Call has closed on February 12th 2024.
The Forum serves as a space for all participants to propose, present, launch or share their work with a larger audience. As the Forum is not a formal inter-governmental process, there will be no side events or plenary. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
A proposal should be aimed at making an important contribution or action towards the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan (CTGAP) for sustainable development data and data as a public good aligned with the Thematic Areas. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
There are opportunities in the programme to focus on some regional and national issues, but it is important to note that the Forum is followed by an international and very diverse audience representing different communities. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
Yes, more than one proposal can be submitted as long as the content proposed is substantively different. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
The Programme Committee encourages participants to put forward proposals which contain a good mix of different regional and data community perspectives as applicable. The Committee will attempt to balance these aspects across the programme. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
Yes, proposals on data and statistical literacy are very important areas and are welcome to be presented at the Forum as long as they contribute towards the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan (CTGAP) for sustainable development data and data as a public good aligned with the Thematic Areas. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information..
If the proposal presented is based on a single organisation covering the presenter’s own work, the Programme Committee recommends a submitting proposal for the “Shortened session: Ignite/lightning talks” format or the three special formats (i.e., announcement, training or demonstration). Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information..
Along with the panel discussions and short talk formats, three other types were introduced; announcements, demonstrations and learning labs, to allow for more creative ideas and sharing of solutions on data and statistics. The Programme Committee will be working closely with the host country to develop and curate a space to ensure that the sharing of creative ideas is presented in the most engaging way (cost permitting). Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information
No, the selection criteria will be objectively based on the proposal contents and balance in terms of topics, formats and speaker representation by gender, data community and region across the programme. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
The Call for Programme Proposals is aimed at providing the content for the parallel events. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.
The Forum team will continue to update the website with the latest information. Please refer to Call for Programme Proposals for more information.

Communication

The Forum serves as a place for collaboration, partnerships and for participants to be heard. Participating in the Forum allows participants to meet various stakeholders to address common challenges.
The next Forum is a space to discuss with different data communities, private and research institutions. The Forum community should be sustainable, and the information shared should trickle down to various communities. Some special sessions like ministerial-level forum, youth forum and entrepreneurs forum are under planning to enrich the coverage and attractiveness of the Forum. Moreover, this year we will have “Learning” and “Demonstration” sessions for those participating in-person.
They can submit any related communication material to the following email address: dataforum@un.org.
The hashtags used for the forthcoming Forum are: #undataforum, #betterdata, #SDGs, #datainnovation #datapartnerships
The Forum will launch nearer the time of the Forum an online event platform accessible through a web browser or smartphone app in order to watch live stream broadcasts of the high-level plenaries and other events in the programme as well as interact with these live sessions and other participants on the platform. Recordings of past sessions can also be found on the platform and through the playlists on our YoutTube channel.