Summary of the 1st UN World Data Forum, 15-18 JANUARY 2017

The UN World Data Forum drum is handed over to representatives of the UAE, who will host the second Forum

The first UN World Data Forum convened from 15-18 January 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum took place following the recommendation in the report, “A World That Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development,” which was presented in November 2014 by the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, and the subsequent decision by the UN Statistical Commission that a UN World Data Forum on Sustainable Development Data would be the suitable platform for intensifying cooperation with various professional groups, such as national statistical offices (NSOs), information technology and geospatial information managers, and data scientists among other representatives of government, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.

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Joint Declaration on the Political Situation in The Gambia

Joint Declaration by the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union and the United Nations on the Political Situation of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia

  1.  Following the Decision of the Summit of the ECOWAS Authority taken on 17th December 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, Mediation efforts, including visits to Banjul, were undertaken by the Chair of

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UN Security Council Press Statement – Terrorist attack in Gao, Mali

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the barbaric attack on 18 January 2017 in Gao against the camp of the Operational Coordination Mechanism, which caused the death of dozens of persons and for which the terrorist group Al Mourabitoune has claimed responsibility. They highlighted that this terrorist attack targeted members of the Malian defense and security forces and of the Plateforme andCoordination armed groups, designated to participate in joint security patrols within the framework of theAgreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.

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Statement attributable to Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Mali

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the suicide-vehicle attack perpetrated against the camp of the Operational Coordination Mechanism this morning in Gao.

The camp housed over 600 individuals designated by the three signatory parties to the peace agreement to start mixed patrols in Gao region. While the exact number of casualties remains to be confirmed, preliminary reports point out to dozens of dead and dozens of injured.

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PRESS RELEASE : UN World Data Forum wraps up with launch of Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data

United Arab Emirates selected to host next Forum

(Cape Town, 18 January)  — The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum is concluding today with the launch of a global plan for better data to improve people’s lives, and new ideas and solutions to boost the collaboration, resources and policies needed to put it into action.

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JOINT STATEMENT ON SYRIA

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

DAVOS, Switzerland, Monday January 16, 2017– While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.

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SECRETARY-GENERAL, AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION CHAIRPERSON APPOINT JEREMIAH KINGSLEY MAMABOLO OF SOUTH AFRICA ACTING JOINT SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR DARFUR

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced today the appointment of Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo of South Africa as Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Continue reading

UN World Data Forum – Press Briefing Sessions

On the 10th January 2017, prior to the UN World Data Forum, Stefan Schweinfest, Director of the Statistics Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, briefed the media at the Spokesperson’s noon briefing as well as a WebEx briefing with UNICs in Pretoria, Lusaka and Nairobi.  The inaugural UN World Data Forum is set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 15-18 January.

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