About the Webinar series

The United Nations World Data Forum Webinar series is a virtual discussion forum of the United Nations World Data Forum that aims to intensify cooperation and open dialogue with various professional groups, such as information technology, geospatial information managers, data scientists, and users, as well as civil society stakeholders.

Upcoming webinar

Joining-up Data in the Development Sector

The Cape Town Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data highlights the need for better data interoperability in the context of innovation and modernisation efforts of national statistical systems. Responding to this call, the Collaborative on SDG Data Interoperability was jointly convened by the UN Statistics Division and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data after the first UN World Data Forum.

At the Data for Development Festival in Bristol in March 2018, the Collaborative agreed to produce guidance on data interoperability for development practitioners. This resulted in the launching in October 2018, at the second UN World Data Forum, of the first version of a document entitled "Data interoperability: A practitioner's guide to joining up data in the development sector". The guide highlights how a systematic approach to handling data interoperability issues can support both the achievement and monitoring of the SDGs.

The guide was then presented at the 50th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2019, where the Commission recognized the importance for countries to have access to interoperability tools and requested to continue developing the guide.

The Collaborative on SDG Data Interoperability is now focused on the next phase of its work, focusing on building and maintaining the Guide by adding new modules and practical examples as well as ancillary materials to help raise awareness of its existence and usability. It is hoped that new synergies will form between data producers, publishers, users, and those providing capacity building and training. In this way, the guidance set out within the Guide can be incorporated into existing training materials and modules, and a consistent approach to the system-wide improvement of data interoperability can start to become a reality in the development sector.

This webinar is an opportunity to learn first-hand from experts involved in the production of the guide, and from country practitioners about the tasks ahead towards improving SDG data interoperability.


  • Moderator: Malarvizhi Veerappan, Program Manager and Senior Data Scientist, World Bank

  • Panelist: Tom Orrell, Founder, DataReady Limited
  • Panelist: Rachael Milicich, General Manager for System and Partnerships in the Data System Leadership Group, Stats New Zealand
  • Panelist: Sergio Carrera, Director-General for Data integration, Analysis and Research, INEGI

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Past webinar

Trust in Data and Statistics

Building on the plenary session on Trust in Data and Statistics held during the UNWDF 2018 in Dubai, this webinar continues the discussions on building trust in official statistics.

In a world with fake news and alternative facts looming around us, the public’s trust in official data and statistics is more important than ever. A better understanding of the causes of a lack of trust can help strategically plan a path to building and strengthening trust in official statistics. By integrating users and their perspectives into all aspects of the data value chain, user needs will be fully addressed leading to enhanced public trust in official statistics. Our communal aim is to strive towards open data and avoid data gripped tightly in private arms, to promote data sharing as a pragmatic reality, and to fully resource, value and trust official statistics and national statistical systems. There are important building blocks underlying trust in data and statistics that should be cultivated to create a data system fit for our future needs. Such building blocks include building strong organizational infrastructures, good governance practices, and multi-stakeholder partnerships; following sound and internationally agreed data standards and principles for production, sharing, interoperability, and dissemination of data and statistics; and integrating users in the data value chain to meet their needs, increase the value of data and statistics, and ensure meaningful impacts.

Bringing together a panel of experts in the development data space, this webinar tackles the issue of trust in official statistics and highlights ways toward a trusted data ecosystem.


  • Moderator: Francesca Perucci, Chief, Development Data and Outreach Branch, UN Statistics Division

  • Speaker 1: Shaida Baidee, Managing Director, Open Data Watch
  • Speaker 2: Pádraig Dalton, Director General, Central Statistics Office of Ireland
  • Speaker 3: Hernán Muñoz, National Director of Statistical Planning and Coordination, The National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC)