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The Call for Programme Proposals is now open !

Click here to find out how to submit a proposal for the programme of the fourth UN World Data Forum. The call closes Friday, 17 June 2022

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Promoting data use: a key challenge for statisticians

December 16, 2021

Pietro Gennari

Dorian Kalamvrezos Navarro

Data, in and of itself, is useless unless it significantly and extensively contributes to informing key public and private decisions. But promoting data use is one of the greatest challenge faced by statisticians working either in national or international organizations, for several reasons. While data producers are entities easy to identify and target, data users are a scattered, heterogeneous group, which are often isolated from decision-making processes. Moreover, there is a persistent communication gap between data producers and data users, in general, and more particularly, between the statistical community and the policy-making community.

A World of Open Data Bridges for Women

December 16, 2021

Winnie Kamau

Kait Holm

Connecting across the globe, the Africa Open Data Collaborative hosted a U.N. World Data Forum watch party. Blending in-person and virtual options, about 30 people across several countries and continents joined to listen in on the session “Empowering Women to Join the Data Revolution to Improve Lives” on October 5. Combining Zoom and Signal to augment the in-person group in Nairobi, Kenya, this watch party was an exciting extension of the meetings African Open Data Collaboratives hosts each month.


Legislative rules for accessing privately held data - lessons learnt and implications from the European Union’s Data Act for the Global Statistical Community

Thursday, April 28, 2022 , 9:00 to 10:15 am (ET)

This webinar, part of the UN World Data Forum webinar series, will bring together experts to:

  • What are the lessons learnt from the European experience in establishing data access rights for the public sector which can be relevant for NSOs?
  • What will be the implications (if any) of the Data Act on the data sharing experiences of NSOs from other countries?
  • How can National Statistical Offices benefit from the promulgation of overarching rules?

Enabling a data-driven culture between the national and city level: How can National Statistical Offices and City Data Officers work together

Thursday, March 31, 2022 , 9:00 to 10:15 am (ET)

This webinar, part of the UN World Data Forum webinar series, will bring together experts to:

  • Showcase examples of data-driven smart cities for improved service delivery for citizens
  • Highlight challenges and opportunities of enabling a data-driven culture within Government
  • Put forward ideas on how to pull the National Statistical Office and city Chief Data Officer communities together to focus on capacity development and experience-sharing.