The UN World Data Forum aims to nurture partnerships, mobilise high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development.
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The next UN World Data Forum will take place between 11 and 14 November 2024 in the Plaza Mayor Medellín Convenciones y Exposiciones, Medellín, Colombia

The aim of the UN World Data Forum is to spur data innovation, nurture partnerships, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development. Since the first Forum in January 2017, the audience for the Forum has grown from 2,000 people to active stakeholder group of over 20,000. The UNWDF 2024 will bring together data leaders from diverse range of stakeholders such as governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia (including students), and professional bodies; to exchange ideas, showcase innovations, identify solutions, discuss future strategies, and provide mutual learning opportunities on a wide variety of topics organized across four Thematic Areas of the Forum.

The UN World Data Forum in 2024 will promote four main Thematic Areas (TAs) intended to provide a basic organizational structure for the programme. The TAs individually contain the important issues and pressing actions expressed by the global data and statistical community to serve as a rallying call for programme proposals with practical solutions and hands-on experiences on these issues. Your contributions to this call will help ensure that members of the data and statistical community once more come together under the Forum with a determined resolve to do their part on the implementation of 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

TA 1. Innovation for better and more inclusive data

Data integration and leveraging of various data sources and methodologies to ensure visibility and voice for everyone.

TA 2. Maximizing the use and value of data for better decision making

Adding value to data through better analysis and communication to ensure full use of data for bettering lives through the agency, respect, and inclusion of everyone.

TA 3. Building trust, protection and ethics in data

Developing the principles of stewardship within the data ecosystem to balance the full value from data use with the protection of privacy and data rights.

TA 4. Effective partnerships for better data and a more equitable data ecosystem

Supporting global, regional, national and sub-national data ecosystems in the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan including sustainable finance for data and statistics programmes at all levels of organization.

The Forum is a United Nations conference which means there are no fees or restriction on who can register or attend the Forum but for those wishing to attend in-person are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs.

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