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Event: Making it Count, the Value of Commonwealth Data

On October 5, 2021, the Commonwealth Secretariat is hosting a UN World Data Forum local meet-up, entitled Making it Count, the Value of Commonwealth Data, to discuss the importance of data for sustainable development.

The UN World Data Forum, which takes place 3-6 October, is designed to intensify cooperation between the United Nations and data professionals such as those in ICT, geospatial information managers, data scientists as well as civil society stakeholders.

The Forum was set up following recommendations presented in 2014 by the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert and Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.

Local meet-up events allow data and statistical experts to gather with other professionals in their area to discuss building pathways to better data as part of the wider Forum.

The Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics, and developed through an open call for session proposals. The Commonwealth is hosting a meet-up for the following thematic area (TA) sessions:

  • TA 3.01 - Leaving no one behind, the need to measure equity - October 4th 3.15 – 4.30 pm BST

  • TA 4.01 - Making it add up, counting on data and statistics during pandemics and other disasters - October 5th – 9.30 – 10.45 am BST

  • The Commonwealth Secretariat's Side Event: Making it Count, the Value of Commonwealth Data - October 5th 11.00 - 12.00 pm BST

  • TA 5.01 - Trust in Data: balancing quality, privacy and transparency - October 5th 12.15 – 1.30 pm BST

  • TA 7.01 - Data for Accountability to the People - October 6th 10:15 am – 11:30 am BST

Find more information about the thematic areas on the UN Data Forum website.