The 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group will be held from 11-14 June 2019, in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Find out more
|Location:||Cape Town, South Africa|
The United Nations World Data Forum, taking place from January 15-18, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa, will spur the exchange of innovative ideas and data solutions through a range of keynote statements, presentations, panel discussions, knowledge sharing and learning spaces, innovation labs, exhibits and digital events.
Over 1,000 data experts including from national statistical offices, the private sector, international organizations, the scientific and academic communities, and civil society organizations, as well as political leaders and sustainable development advocates are expected to attend.
The African Development Bank is an organizing partner and is represented by a delegation led by its Director of Statistics, Charles Leyeka Lufumpa. The AfDB’s statistical capacity building activities span all African countries, sub-regional organizations and statistical training centres in Africa. The Bank has played a key role in improving the quality of data on the continent, and has emerged as one of the leading international institutions for promoting statistical development across Africa.
At the forum, the Bank’s delegation is participating in sessions on Big Data innovations and opportunities, and will discuss the future of data production with a specific focus on the exploration of new data frontiers and the identification of new data sources. The delegation will contribute to open discussions on the approaches to be implemented to unpack the Data Revolution at the country level through enhanced national data strategies and scaled up capacity development.
A Data Revolution will require the modernization of institutions, governance and business processes; engaging with local governments and communities to achieve development goals; and developing public private partnerships on data.
Key challenges to be addressed during the first World Data Forum include:
The rationale for the conference underscores the importance of good data for development. Without good data, development cannot be measured, nor can goals be attained. Improved use of data and statistics will be crucial to achieving the transformational vision of a better future for people and the planet, set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agreed by world leaders at the UN in September 2015. Better data is needed to track progress and inform policy decisions from the local to the global levels. Rapid expansion in new sources of data is creating large-scale opportunities for innovative solutions, which need to be integrated with strengthened official data mechanisms and structures.
For more information on the UN World Data Forum, visit: UNDataForum.org