UN World Data Forum

Reflections on the World Data Forum

Data use

The key consensus emerging from the conference – which was attended by 1,400 data experts – is that in order to leave no one behind, investment in civil registration and vital statistics is absolutely imperative. Improving registry and administrative data is an essential building block in creating sustainable data infrastructures. That over 100 countries do […]

Long-term investments in a short-term world: Arguments for sustainable data

Data use

Based on discussions that took place at the World Data Forum in January 2017 in Cape Town, this paper argues that the current focus on household surveys will not give developing countries the data they need to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. We must ensure we do not perpetuate a divide between the data systems […]

A new mindset for new goals


  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is ambitious, with the commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ at its core – the goals will not be considered met unless they are met for all. In order to measure progress of the SDGs we must first make sure the data available is up to the job. […]

Common cause, common language: harmonising key concepts in the Data Revolution

Data use

One of the great opportunities at the World Data Forum, which takes place in Cape Town from 15-18 January, is the strengthening of relationships between the world of official statistics and the ‘non-official’ data communities (from the private sector, civil society and academia) – groups that are beginning to collaborate in the revolution for sustainable development […]

UN World Data Forum in Cape Town, South Africa

Data use

Main plenary Counting People to Make People Count: The need for better data to ensure that no one is left behind Date: 17 January 2017 Time: 13:30–15:00 (SAST) DI involvement: DI is hosting the plenary along with UNICEF. Judith Randel will moderate and Tony German will be on the panel About: The main plenary on […]