• Read the full statement of the Global Data Community’s response to COVID-19 here

  • The live stream programme structure and session titles for the Virtual Forum can be found here (xls) | (pdf)

  • Access the recordings of the 2020 Virtual #UNDataForum here (If you are accessing the conference platform for the first time, you need to create your profile following the details here )


Data for what? Informing policymaking for forced displacement

October 28, 2020

Björn Gillsäter

Prof. Peter Kagwanja

As we mark the World Statistics Day on October 20, 2020, the global displacement crisis is at its all-time high. Currently, one per cent of the world’s estimated 7.8 billion people are forcibly displaced persons[1] who have been forced to flee their homes or communities in search of safety within or across borders, escaping persecution, violence, armed conflict, terrorism, human rights violations and abuses, the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters, or a combination of these factors.

Shaping the data governance landscape: A multi-sectoral approach to use, protection, and inclusive digital transformation

October 28, 2020

Tom Orrell

COVID-19 has brought to the fore a number of critical data concerns from the lack of timely and disaggregated data to monitor the virus, to underinvestment in statistical systems, to issues around data governance and use. Digital ‘track and trace’ apps are being rolled out around the world, often amidst controversy. Data on incidence rates and death rates have become politicized in many countries. Misinformation and disinformation about the pandemic, its causes, and the efficacy of potential vaccines are widespread.