Event recordings of the UN World Data Forum 2023 are now available on the UNStats YouTube channel under the UN World Data Forum 2023: Interviews and clips and UN World Data Forum 2023: Programme event recordings playlists as well as on Whova social networking platform, use code unwdfapril2023 to register or download the App (IOS | Android).


Innovations in China’s 2020 Population Census

May 26, 2023

Jia Guoping

Li Rui

Yan Fang

Population and housing census is one of the primary sources of data needed for formulating, implementing and monitoring policies and programmes aimed at inclusive socioeconomic development. Over the past decades, methods adopted for the collection of population data have significantly evolved taking advantage of new data sources and technologies.

Thematic Area 1 of the UN World Data Forum 2023 covers exchanges of innovative experience in conducting census. While census technologies have to be based on national contexts, leveraging multiple data sources existing and rapidly developing information technology is a common direction for all.

When data inform decisions for improving the lives of refugees and host communities

May 26, 2023

Tarek Abou Chabake

Grace Sanico Steffan

Aina Helen Saetre

Refugees and host communities in Kakuma, Kalobeyei and urban areas of Kenya live in better conditions with the help of data-informed policies. One example is the area-based development initiative in the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Plan, supported by a panel survey on socio-economic conditions. While we increasingly hear of data being turned into valuable information for effective policies, thereby improving the lives of those forced to flee, refugee invisibility in official data collection systems persist. As of mid-2022, there are 32.5 million refugees; about 74 per cent are hosted in low- and middle-income countries, with 22 per cent located in the least developed countries. We increasingly know more about how conflict, poverty, climate change, laws and practices affect their lives.


UN World Data Forum webinar
Information Session: How to engage virtually with the UNWDF 2023

Wednesday, April 19 2023, 7:00 to 8:00 am (EDT)


The following key topics will be covered:

  • What to expect as a virtual participant of UNWDF2023
  • Introduction to the online event platform
  • Insights into how best engage in sessions as a remote participant, including network and connect with fellow attendees

UN World Data Forum webinar
United Nations World Data Forum 2023 – See you in Hangzhou!

Thursday, February 2 2023 , 8:00 to 9:00 am (ET)

The following key topics will be covered:

  • Logistics for travelling and staying in Hangzhou, including registration and visa process
  • Highlights from the programme, including high-level events
  • Outreach and communications around the Forum
  • Virtual participation in Forum events