UN World Data Forum webinar
Information session on the call for proposals for Hangzhou 2023

Tuesday, June 7 2022, 7:00 to 8:15 am (ET)

The Call for Programme Proposals was recently launched for the next United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) to be held in Hangzhou, China between 24 and 27 April 2023. The call will remain open until Friday, 17 June. This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about the process to develop the programme for Hangzhou 2023, what should be taken into consideration when developing a proposal and generally answer any questions of those thinking of submitting a proposal. Representatives from the host country, the Programme Committee and the UN secretariat will be present to share their perspective on the main themes to be discussed in Hangzhou and insights into the selection of proposals from the Call. Participants will have an opportunity to share questions in the registration before the webinar as well as during the webinar through the live chat.

Key questions covered in this webinar will include:

  • How will the programme be organized in Hangzhou 2023?
  • What are the benefits and appeal of submitting a proposal for Hangzhou 2023?
  • What are the expectations and responsibilities for an organizer if their proposal is chosen?
  • What does an attractive proposal look like according to the Programme Committee?


Moderators: Ola Awad and Shaida Baidee, co-chairs of the UNWDF Programme Committee

Part I: Organisers and regional context

Panelist: Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director, Development Data and Outreach Branch, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD-DESA)

Panelist: Mr. LV Qingzhe, Deputy DG, Department of Statistical Design and Management, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS-China)

Panelist: Rachael Beaven, Director, Statistics Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

Part II: Programme Committee perspective

Panelist: Nnenna Nwakanma, Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF)

Panelist: Andrea Ries, Senior Advisor Development Effectiveness, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Panelist: Xuming He, President-Elect, International Statistical Institute (ISI)

Panelist: Amos T. Kabo-bah, Ag. Dean-International Relations Office, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani-Ghana