Revisiting and adapting data governance and statistical legal frameworks to the new data era

Thursday, January 27, 2022 9:00 to 10:15 am (ET)

One effect of the Covid-19 pandemic is the new and increasing demand for data and statistics and the accelerated change this has required within the data ecosystem. While countries and partners are responding to address the capacity needs to establish a fit for purpose modern data ecosystem, one area gaining more and more attention is data governance.

Areas of data governance such as the law on official statistics are often well established within countries and represent the backbone on which National Statistical Systems are built, but a recent survey on the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data showed half of the countries responding had statistical laws that had not been reviewed in a decade. Other legal and regulatory frameworks are also important to data governance such as those related to data access, privacy and protection. An emerging role for National Statistical Offices is to advocate for and lead the review of national legal and regulatory frameworks for the more equitable use and re-use of data in the production of official statistics while adopting a more comprehensive data stewardship approach to the broader data ecosystem.

This webinar aims to discuss challenges and identify good practices related to national statistical legislation and other sound regulatory frameworks to sustainably develop modern national data ecosystems supporting National Statistical Offices and other agencies in producing fit for purpose data and statistics.

This webinar, part of the UN World Data Forum series, will bring together experts to speak and take questions on:

  • the importance and limitations of existing legal and regulatory frameworks on official statistics;
  • the opportunities and challenges of regulatory, institutional and organizational frameworks beyond the law on official statistics for improving data governance;
  • existing experiences on new practices and approaches to modernize data governance in their data ecosystem;
  • efforts to improve the capability of National Statistical Offices to act as data stewards within the broader data ecosystem to secure the development of legal and regulatory frameworks to address common data governance issues.

  • Moderator: Gabriel Gamez, Inter-regional Adviser on Organization and Development of National Statistical Systems, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)

  • Panelist: Ieva Zaceste, Director, Legal and Corporate Services Department, Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia


  • Panelist: Aishath Shahuda, Deputy Chief Statistician, Maldives Bureau of Statistics


  • Panelist: Sieraag de Klerk, Chief Director, Data and information Management, Statistics South Africa


  • Panelist: Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum