Highlights and images for 23 October 2018

Summary

Highlights for Tuesday, 23 October 2018

A sign on display around the venue

UN World Data Forum On the second day of the second UN World Data Forum, participants attended a variety of parallel sessions addressing the Forum’s six themes:

  • innovations and synergies across data ecosystems;
  • leaving no one behind;
  • building trust in data and statistics;
  • how far have we come?;
  • understanding the world through data; and
  • new approaches to capacity development for better data.
  • The day opened with a session addressing the political economy of statistical capacity, during which panelists noted previous speakers’ comparisons of statistics to water, oil, currency, or an otherwise-vital force, noting that we only tend to recognize when it is missing or of poor quality. Additional issues raised during this session included the need to:

  • think of data as the soft infrastructure of development;
  • capture the benefits from data driving action at local level;
  • engage statisticians in the preparation and presentation of Voluntary National Reviews; and
  • participate in the review of the SDGs process that will take place in the context of the 2019 meetings of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
  • UN World Data Forum participants also engaged in discussions on whether National Statistical Offices (NSOs) will exist in 2030, arriving at the answer of yes, due to their ability to deliver consistency over time and space, high standards for accuracy, and independence. A discussion on gender data impact stories considered the relationship between a single human story and the data that describe a broader story that has the potential to influence policymakers towards more gender responsive policies. Additional sessions on Tuesday addressed: trust in data; capacity building for a number of communities, including diplomats and policy-makers; the contribution of data to the lives of children and migrants; community-based data collection; the data revolution and cooperation; Earth observation applications; civil registration and digital identity; and statistical literacy.During the evening, the host country treated participants to a performance of “La Perle” – a show that combines artistic performance, creative imagery and ground-breaking technology.

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    Morning Plenary
    Participants during the morning plenary
    José Antonio Mejía Guerra, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
    Hernán Muñoz, National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC), Argentina
    Michel Mouyelo-Katoula, African Development Bank (AfDB)
    Haishan Fu, Development Data Group, World Bank Group
    Oliver Chinganya, Director, African Centre for Statistics, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
    Philipp Schönrock, Director, Centro de Pensamiento Estratégico Internacional (CEPEI)
    Thomas Gass, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
    Parallel Sessions Throughout the Day
    Panel speakers for the session "Gender Data Impact Stories: From Data to Action" (L-R): Shaida Badiee, Managing Director, Open Data Watch; Henriette Jansen, UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia; Fredrick Makumbi, Uganda Principal Investigator, Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020; Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director, Data2X; Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director and CEO, Together for Girls; Marjo Bruun, Director General, Statistics Finland; Rajesh Mirchandani, Chief Communications Officer, UN Foundation; and Nina Rabinovitch Blecker, Data2X
    Henriette Jansen, UNFPA Asia
    Fredrick Makumbi, Uganda Principal Investigator, Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020
    Panel speakers for the session "Will National Statistical Offices Exist in 2030: And if they do still exist what will they look like?" (L-R): Claire Melamed, Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data; Ola Awad, President, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS); Zachary Mwangi Chege, Director General, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS); Rob Bumpstead, UK Statistics Authority; Oliver Chinganya, Director, African Centre for Statistics, UNECA; and Stefan Schweinfest, Director, Statistics Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
    Ola Awad, President, PCBS
    Stefan Schweinfest, Director, Statistics Division, UNDESA
    Panel speakers for the session "Data and diplomats: capacity development for diplomats and policy-makers in the data age" (L-R): Javier Teran, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA); Katharina Höne, DiploFoundation; Maria Fasli, Director, Institute for Analytics and Data Science; Graham Nelson, British Diplomatic Service; and Grace Mutung’u, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet)
    Maria Fasli, Director, Institute for Analytics and Data Science
    Javier Teran, UNOCHA
    Panel speakers for the session "Earth Observation Applications for the Sustainable Development Goals: Opportunities for Scaling Successful Methods" (L-R): Argyro Kavvada, Executive Secretary, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Earth Observations for the Sustainable Development Goals (EO4SDG) Initiative; Robert Ndugwa, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat); Jillian Campbell; UN Environment Programme (UNEP); Enrique Ordaz, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico; Marc Paganini, European Space Agency (ESA); and Robert Chen, Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN)
    Argyro Kavvada, Executive Secretary, GEO EO4SDG Initiative
    Marc Paganini, ESA
    Panel speakers for the session "Integrating Civil Registration and Digital Identity: Emerging Best Practices" (L-R): Bill Anderson, Development Initiatives; Haishan Fu, World Bank’s Development Data Group; Josie Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; Anette Forsingdal, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Namibia; Anir Chowdhury, Cabinet Office Policy Advisor, Bangladesh; Edward Duffus, Plan International; and Philip Setel, Vital Strategies
    Josie Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority
    Anette Forsingdal, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Namibia
    Panel speakers for the session "Analytics for Public Good" (L-R): Sabir Said Rashid Al-Harbi, Director General, Gulf Cooperation Council Statistical Center (GCC-Stat); Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai; Mete Guney, Mastercard; Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse; and Alexandra Mousavizadeh, CEO, Decima Global
    Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai
    Mete Guney, Mastercard
    Panel speakers for the session "Follow the data: Building better data systems for better health" (L-R): Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies; Philip Sete, Vital Strategies; Yusuf Murangwa, Director General, National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR); Anir Chowdhury, Cabinet Office Policy Advisor, Bangladesh; Lola Dare, President, Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development (CHESTRAD) Nigeria; and Richard Delaney, Vital Strategies
    Anir Chowdhury, Cabinet Office Policy Advisor, Bangladesh
    Lola Dare, President, CHESTRAD Nigeria
    Panel speakers for the session "Matchmaking for the Data Revolution: Bringing Data Producers and Users Together" (L-R): Dierdre Appel, Open Data Watch; Paige Kirby, Development Gateway; Ayush Ariunzaya, Chairwoman, National Statistical Office, Mongolia; Natalia Carfi, Open Data Charter; and Harpinder Collacott, Development Initiatives
    Natalia Carfi, Open Data Charter
    Ayush Ariunzaya, Chairwoman, National Statistical Office, Mongolia
    Panel speakers for the session "Building strong National Statistical Systems - The Case of Business (and other) Register Data" (L-R): Omar Seidu, Ghana Statistical Service; Silja Emmel, Statistics Denmark; Haakon Olderbakk, Brønnøysund Register Centre; Hanan Abbass, Central Bureau of Statistics, Sudan; Omurbek Ibraev, National Statistics Committee, Kyrgyzstan; Anne Abelsæth, Statistics Norway; Rasmus Larsson, Statistics Sweden; Benson Karugu Ndungu, Kenyan National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS); and Lasse Sandberg, Statistics Norway
    Rasmus Larsson, Statistics Sweden, and Benson Karugu Ndungu, KNBS
    Omurbek Ibraev, National Statistics Committee, Kyrgyzstan, and Anne Abelsæth, Statistics Norway
    Plenary Session: Increasing Trust in Data and Statistics
    Moderator Rajesh Mirchandani, Chief Communications Officer, UN Foundation
    Shaida Badiee, Managing Director, Open Data Watch
    Georges-Simon Ulrich, Director-General, Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland
    Martine Durand, Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    Nnenna Nwakanma, World Wide Web Foundation
    Audience members participate in the session by completing different surveys with live results
    Around the Venue
    Participants between sessions
    Around the exhibition area
    Participants engage with an interactive display
    A drone on display in the exhibition area
    A participant from the UAE engages with a robot
    The peak of the Burj Al Arab, the third tallest hotel in the world, seen from the venue

    Participants