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.
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
- 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
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.
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.
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.
UN World Data Forum to launch new action plan and innovative data solutions to improve lives
Over 1,500 data leaders from government, business, science and civil society to collaborate on challenges and initiatives
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.