UN Secretary-General António Guterres message on the UN World Data Forum 2021
UN World Data Forum 2021 Sessions playlist


Overcoming a crucial gap: a collaborative approach to improving data on attacks against defenders

October 19, 2021

Eva Hershaw

Marc Titus Cebreros

The killing of a human rights defender (HRD) represents a direct attack on civic space and an assault on the fundamental freedoms that underpin a sustainable, inclusive and peaceful society as outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One indicator – 16.10.1 – of the Sustainable Developed Goals (SDGs), acting as benchmarks to the 2030 Agenda, is dedicated specifically to tracking violence against HRDs, journalists and trade unionists. The indicator represents the most urgent tip of the iceberg, as HRDs around the world continue to face systemic criminalization, discrimination and hostility.

Understanding the world through data - UNDP Crisis Risk Dashboard

October 19, 2021

Corrado Scognamillo

Jonas Gutschke

Decision-makers at every level require reliable data to make risk-informed choices. With this goal in mind, back in 2016, a team in UNDP started building a simple information repository to support an internal mechanism on crisis prevention and response. As they presented the project, it became immediately visible that the UNDP’s needs went beyond giving staff easy access to data. The organization needed a platform where data coming from different thematic areas could be connected, overlayed, and correlated. This realization led to the design of the Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD).