Hundreds register for momentous UN data forum

December 8, 2016 10:56 am125 commentsViews: 9

banner_unwdfCAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – THERE is an overwhelming response to the inaugural United Nations World Data Forum set for Cape Town, South Africa in January.
Over 1 000 data experts from more than 100 countries have pre-registered for the forum.
These include national statistical offices, data scientists from the private sector and academia, international organizations, civil society groups and political leaders.
Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, who heads the Secretariat for the forum,is confident the data forum will generate fruitful collaboration across the statistics and data communities.
“I also hope it will boost political and financial support and partnerships for improving statistics and data capacity in many countries, to harness the power of data for the public good and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.”
The Government of South Africa and Statistics South Africa, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, are organising the summit set for January 15-18.
A number of partners – including governments, the World Bank, UNICEF, and several civil society organisations and research institutes -are collaborating to organise the forum.
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