Reflections from the 2021 UN World Data Forum: the evolving data ecosystem and the role of National Statistical Offices

Thursday, 2 December 2021 9:00 to 10:15 am (ET)

At the first UN World Data Forum in 2017, the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data (CTGAP) was launched with the aim to provide a framework for discussion on, and planning and implementation of statistical capacity building necessary to achieve the scope and intent of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Activity around the third Forum held last month in Bern, Switzerland continues to show the diversity, dynamism, and dedication of this community to finding solutions through data and statistics to drive sustainable development. Some of this spirit was encapsulated in the Bern Data Compact launched at the Forum, together with the launch of the World Bank’s Global Data Facility and the Bern Network's Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data.

In preparing for the fourth and fifth UN World Data Forums in Hangzhou, China in 2023 and Medellin, Colombia in 2024; the data community must take stock and reflect on the widening, increasing and evolving needs of both data users and producers. This webinar is part of a conversation that contributes to the review and revision of the Cape Town Global Action plan to meet the needs of the countries in key areas such as coordination, partnership, capacity development and modernization of skills and infrastructure.

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), the World Bank, and the United Nations Statistics Division launched a Survey on the implementation of Cape Town Global Action Plan in August 2021. The results of the survey will help identify new statistical priorities resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, inform the action of policy makers and international partners to better support official statistics in the implementation, monitoring, and financing of the CTGAP and help update and revitalize the CT GAP.

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

  • Present the results of the Survey on the implementation of Cape Town Global Action Plan;
  • Highlight new national statistical priorities resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect on discussions held during the third World Data Forum;
  • Share statistical capacity needs and challenges necessary to achieve the scope and intent of the 2030 Agenda.

  • Moderator: Grant Cameron, Director, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (SDSN TReNDS)

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

  • Panelist: Alberto Zezza, Senior Economist, World Bank Group


  • Panelist: Md. Alamgir Hossen, Focal point Officer, SDG Cell, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics


  • Panelist: Miosotis Rivas Peña, Director General, National Statistics Office of the Dominican RepublMD Alamgir Hossen_Bangladesh-presentationic


  • Panelist: Aberash Tariku Abaye, Deputy Director, Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia