UN World Data Forum webinar
Information session on the call for programme proposals for Medellín 2024

Tuesday, 30th January 2024, Time: 9:00 to 10:15am (ET)

The Call for Programme Proposals was launched last month as a first step in plans to develop the programme for the next United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF) in Medellín, Colombia to be held between 11 and 14 November 2024. The call is open until Monday, 12 February (noon, New York time). This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn the process the Programme Committee plan to follow to develop the programme for the next Forum; 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 Medellín 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:

  • Key questions covered in this webinar will include:
  • What are the benefits and appeal of submitting a proposal
  • 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

Introduction by UNWDF PC co-chairs:
Ola Awad, President, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)
Shaida Badiee, Co-founder and Managing Director, Open Data Watch

Scene setting on process/timetable:
Ian Rutherford, Development Data and Outreach Branch, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD-DESA)

Host and regional context:
Piedad Urdinola, Director General, Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadistica (DANE)
Rolando Ocampo, Director, Statistics Division of the United Nations Regional Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Partnership and momentum within the data community:
Alankrita Dayal, Youth representative, United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY)
Javier Bussi, Director, Statistics School, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Estadísticas, Universidad Nacional de Rosario
Catalina Restrepo, Director, Corporate Solutions MAKAIA