Cepei at the 2020 virtual UN World Data Forum

October 6, 2020

Held on 19–21 October 2020, the 2020 virtual UNWDF brings together over 5,000 data experts from more than 100 countries, including from national statistical offices, the private sector, international organizations, the scientific and academic communities, media and civil society organizations, as well as political leaders and sustainable development advocates. Cepei is happy to be part of the Forum to share, innovate and learn from each other! 

Data experts and users gather to spur data innovation, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development.

The High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB) leads the organization of the UN World Data Forum, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and in close consultation with Member States, international partners and other stakeholders. The Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs supports the organization of the Forum in its role as Secretariat of the Commission and the HLG-PCCB.

The first United Nations World Data Forum was hosted from 15 to 18 January 2017 by Statistics South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. The second UN World Data Forum was hosted by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority of the United Arab Emirates from 22 to 24 October 2018 in Dubai. 

A Virtual UN World Data Forum will be held on 19–21 October 2020. The third UN World Data Forum will be hosted by the Federal Statistical Office of Switzerland from 3 to 6 October 2021 in Bern.

The 2020 virtual UN World Data Forum 

The Programme of the UN World Data Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics. 

The forum is designed to bring together representatives, users and producers, from various sectors working with data to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions under each thematic area should showcase practical solutions and hands-on experiences, and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities.

Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in a variety of session formats, including plenary sessions, round table dialogues, debates, break-out spaces, innovation labs and workshops, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits and virtual forums.

Theses are the 6 thematic areas for this year: 

1. New approaches to capacity development for better data
2. Innovations and synergies across data ecosystems
3. Leaving no one behind
4. Understanding the world through data
5. Building trust in data and statistics
6. How far have we come?

Expected Outcomes

  • Launch of the Global Data Community’s response to COVID-19 – Data for a changing World;
  •  Increased support for data use during COVID-19 and the recovery;
  • Progress on initiatives and solutions to harness the power of data for the public good and to get back on track to implement the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind;
  • Growing consensus on strategies to address trust in data, privacy and governance.


Registration is open! 

Register for the 2020 Virtual #UNDataForum by following these two-steps: 

  1. Get your ticket here
  2. Create your profile by signing up to the Attendify platform using the instructions on your ticket



📥 Download it here 



A wide range of partners – from governments, the private sector, civil society, the UN system, and the scientific and academic communities – collaborate in the organization of the United Nations World Data Forum. A Programme Committee, composed of experts and leaders from diverse stakeholder groups, is responsible for guiding the design of the Forum’s sessions across the six thematic areas.

The Director of Cepei, Philipp Schönrock, is an enthusiastic member of the 2020 UNWDF´s Programme Committee. 


Cepei at the UNWDF 

As a Think Tank from the South, Cepei is participating in the 2020 UNWDF to advocate for stronger cross-regional cooperation.

We believe that in order to make a meaningful contribution to the global sustainable development agendas, data-informed policy solutions and actionable insights among the data and statistical community are needed.  

Join our Session! | “Uncovering Opportunity in Unusual Places: How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs”

Cepei is also co-hosting together with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data this learning and sharing session, were concrete strategies, actions, and partnerships that countries have developed to leverage administrative records in response to COVID-19 will be presented. It will feature examples from three countries, in Africa, Asia, and Latin American and the Caribbean. We hope you can join us! 

📆 Date: October 19, 2020
⏰ Time: 15:30 – 16:45 (UTC)
🌐 Platform: Zoom 
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