United Nations World Data Forum 2021 – What to expect?

Thursday, 19th August 2021 9:00 to 10:00 am (ET)

Following last year’s postponement of the in-person meeting of the UN World Data Forum, the Forum is set to take place as a hybrid event from 3 to 6 October 2021 in Bern, Switzerland. Leaders from across different data communities and regions will come together to exchange ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities on a wide variety of topics organized across six thematic areas of the Forum.

The Forum will offer 60+ sessions, showcase data stories, and provide various networking opportunities through the main in-person event in Bern, Switzerland, local meet-ups around the world and/or connect through this year’s virtual platform for the Forum.

This webinar will provide an opportunity to hear about the current plans from the organisers of the Forum, including the host country, the Programme Committee, and the United Nations secretariat for the Forum and ask your questions. The following key topics will be covered:

  • What to expect from the programme, including the high-level events;
  • What you need to know if travelling to Bern;
  • The opportunity to join or organise a local meet-up;
  • Effective virtual participation.

Participants can share their questions either through the webinar’s registration form or through the live chat feature during the webinar.

  • Moderator: Faryal Ahmed, Associate Statistician, Development Data and Outreach Branch, United Nations Statistics Division

  • Panelist: Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director, Development Data and Outreach Branch, United Nations Statistics Division

  • Panelist: Gabriella Vukovich, President, Hungarian Central Statistical Office, and Chair of the Programme Committee

  • Panelist: Benjamin Rothen, Head, International and National Affairs, Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Federal Department of Home Affairs

  • Panelist: Stephan Skok, Deputy Head - Events, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

  • Panelist: Javier Carranza Tresoldi, Founder, GeoCensos and Member of the Programme Commitee