Road to Bern: amplifying Latin American and Caribbean messages at the UN World Data Forum

Oct 15, 2021

The UN World Data Forum took place from October 03 to 06 2021, bringing together more than 7,000 experts and data users, statesmen, governments, civil society, private sector, philanthropy and media, to drive innovation in the use of data and build the path to sustainable development. 

Cepei participated for the third time in the Forum, co-organizing, together with its partners, four events with which it called to build multi-stakeholder partnerships to close data gaps and monitor the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.


Context and objective

Meeting the SDGs requires a joint effort of all sustainable development stakeholders. In order to leave no one behind, it is necessary to formulate evidence-based public policies based on the analysis of traditional and non-traditional data sources that support countries’ statistical capacities. 

Aware of this, the Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (Cepei) and the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) of Colombia with the support of Tableau, organized a breakfast meeting to amplify the message of Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Data Forum, and the lessons learned during the Road to Bern initiative in LAC. 

“More than 400 stakeholders from across the region learned about the power of data in statistics to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs,” said Philipp Schönrock, Director of Cepei, stressing that “the Road to Bern webinar discussions in LAC revolved around the four themes proposed by the World Data Forum: data for social accountability, financing data for better decision making, gender statistics and leaving no one behind.” 



The “Road to Bern in LAC” series has held four webinars. Between April and September this year, National Statistical Offices, academia, the private sector, civil society and the media have shared their experiences on the use of traditional and non-traditional data sources for statistics, the importance of promoting multi-stakeholder data partnerships to close information gaps and success stories related to communicating data to people. 

Highlights of the interventions 

The webinars have reached the objectives of:


Empowering the population and the need for all sustainable development actors to understand the role of data in monitoring and following-up on the 2030 Agenda and SDGs in the region.


Attract actors with different visions, culture and history to complement each other and provide an overview of the local or regional situation and possible solutions through the use of data.

Expect the closing webinar of the Road to Bern initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean in November. For more information, please visit Cepei and DANE’s social networks.


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