Bern, Switzerland

Postponement of the physical meeting of the United Nations World Data Forum and planning a virtual format in October 2020

The United Nations and Swiss Confederation confirm the physical meeting of the World Data Forum will be postponed to Sunday, 3 – Wednesday, 6 October 2021

A virtual Forum will now be planned on 19 – 21 October 2020 to satisfy demand for the latest data solutions and thinking to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and now more urgently for the monitoring and recovery from COVID-19.

The live stream programme structure and session titles for the virtual Forum can be found here ( xls | pdf ). Further details of the speaker line-up, the pre-recorded sessions and virtual exhibit spaces featuring in the Forum will be released in September as well as information on how participants can engage and take an active part in the event.

The third UN World Data Forum will be hosted by the Swiss Confederation, with substantive support from the Federal Statistical Office, of Switzerland, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It will be an opportunity for data and statistics experts from around the world to:

  • JOIN together in this unique event with governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities.
  • EXPLORE innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • CONTRIBUTE to important discussions, data labs and interactive platforms aimed at improving the use of data for sustainable development.
  • LAUNCH new initiatives and solutions that will deliver better data for all.