Get involved Vol 21, No. 12 - December 2017

Be part of solving data challenges at the UN World Data Forum 2018

Calling all data geeks! Data experts and users from government, business, academia and civil society are invited to harness the power of data to meet the world’s sustainable development challenges at the next UN World Data Forum, taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 22 to 24 October 2018. The 2018 Forum is building on the initial success of the first ever UN World Data Forum, held earlier this year in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Forum aims to foster collaboration between users and producers of data from diverse backgrounds, to propose solutions and showcase successful initiatives that improve availability, access and usability of data for decision making at all levels. It also seeks to demonstrate how investment in data and statistics translates into better development outcomes for all.

An open call for proposals for sessions at the 2018 Forum has been issued by its Programme Committee, a group of data leaders from various sectors that is putting together the Forum’s content and outcomes.

Sessions should relate to the Forum’s key thematic areas, including new approaches to capacity development for better data; collaboration and partnerships between national statistical offices and non-traditional data producers; leaving no one behind by capturing data on vulnerable groups; boosting data literacy; and building trust in data and statistics through data principles and good governance.

The criteria for sessions also include innovation and concrete experiences and recommendations for the production and use of data; and balance across different data communities, geographic regions and gender. Young data leaders are especially encouraged to contribute to the Forum with their energy and creativity.

Please visit to submit your session proposal. The deadline is 31 January 2018. The final Programme will be approved by the UN Statistical Commission’s High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building (HLG-PCCB).

For more information: UN World Data Forum

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