Data for Development in Africa is a two-day event demonstrating how data innovation can improve lives and livelihoods across the region.
World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters remains the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. For over four decades, the World Economic Forum’s mission – improving the state of the world – has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting programme.
Statistics South Africa
With the guidance of the Statistical Commission, and the support of the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG), in close consultation with member states and international partners, will be leading the discussion on the organization of the UN World Data Forum. The first United Nations World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2017. The Opening Ceremony will take place Sunday evening, 15 January, and the Forum will close on the 18 January 2017. The substantive sessions of the Forum will take place between 16 and 18 January 2017.
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African Development Bank, UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the UN Development Programme
Jointly organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the African Economic Conference (AEC) major theme is: “Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth". The AEC 2016 will provide an opportunity to discuss Africa’s agricultural transformation by presenting the latest empirical evidence on how to leverage agro-industrialization for feeding Africa and promoting inclusive growth. It will also provide critical thinking on how policy-makers, development partners, the private sector, civil society organizations and the academia should support the planning and implementation of these industrialization strategies.
International Monetary Fund
The IMF Fourth Statistical Forum on Lifting the Small Boats: Statistics for Inclusive Growth will be held at the IMF in Washington, D.C. during November 17-18, 2016. The objective of these annual forums is to provide a dialgoue between users and suppliers of data on relevant economic and financial issues.
Managing Director Christine Lagarde will open this year's forum, and the discussions will cover the following topics: Statistics and Financial Inclusion; Tracking and Tackling Rising Inequality; What Are We Missing? Activity Outside the Boundary; Emerging Data Demands; and Measurement in a World of Globalized Production.
Fourth Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)
Hosted by: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
The fourth meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held from 15 to 18 November 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will be hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
This meeting will have a slightly different format from prior meetings of the IAEG-SDGs, with a Members meeting taking place during the first two days (15 – 16 November) and a Plenary Session taking place during the second two days (17 – 18 November). During the plenary session, all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited to attend.
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PARIS21, MDPS, and GCC-STAT
Discussions on the data revolution are taking place in all regions of the world, but turning these discussions into reality remains a challenge. In order for the 2030 Agenda and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to have meaningful impact, there is a need for specific recommendations and concrete objectives on how to utilise the data revolution, backed by long-term political and financial support. With the aim of gaining political support for such a roadmap, PARIS21, MDPS and GCC-STAT will hold a Regional Forum on Building Statistical Capacity for a Data Revolution, bringing together the Arab region community to agree on concrete steps to build statistical capacity in countries to respond to national, regional, and international data needs within the 2030 Agenda.
Open Data Watch, PARIS21, World Bank Group, Open Data for Development, and ODC, proud members of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
This one-hour session will focus on the broader context for interactions among the National Statistical Offices (NSO) and Open Data communities. The session will focus on questions including: How open are official statistics, particularly those to support the SDG? Where can NSOs and their partners get big returns from their investment in open data, even in short-term? Are there places for quick actions or low-hanging fruit? How can open data help with addressing some of the SDG data challenges of national statistics agencies? What are the experiences of NSOs actively involved in this work? What kind of support is needed from the partner agencies and donors?
The session will start with a presentation of the status of open data in 170+ countries recently reviewed by the Open Data Watch. Following the presentations, there will be a discussion with 4 panelists with a moderator guiding the discussions. Time will be reserved for extensive involvement from the audience. Panelists are not expected to make any prepared presentations or use slides. The style will be more of a question/answer from the chair and from the audience.
International Open Data Conference (IODC)
Titled “Global goals, local impact” the fourth IODC will reconvene our expanding community to showcase successes, confront shared challenges, and help us ensure that our vision and our diverse initiatives continue to coordinate effectively. The agenda of the event will be focused on the 3 main objectives of the Conference:
Bring together the most innovative and practical Open Data solutions that are driving social and economic impact on areas such as health, gender, cities, education, science, agriculture and many more.
Identify and explore both new opportunities and new debates that are shaping the Open Data agenda.
Consolidate an international partnership on Open Data able to drive the development of global common resources for the international Open Data community.
The World Bank Group, Open Data for Development (OD4D), PARIS21, Open Data Watch, all proud members of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
This highly interactive IODC pre-conference session will discuss the practicalities and opportunities for open data in official statistics for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During this session, government representatives will discuss experiences and plans for open data and experts will provide information on the innovative tools and approaches they are using to support open data efforts.
This session will include participation from national statistical office (NSO) senior management, and will stimulate discussions on opportunities and challenges for open data in NSOs. Throughout the session, participants will aim to identify synergies for the implementation of the SDGs while also looking for linkages between NSOs open data efforts and other government open data initiatives. At the conclusion of the session, participants will discuss future areas for actions on open data by NSOs between IODC 16 and IODC 17.
The White House, with Solutions Showcase
At the heart of that openness and collaboration lies data—a valuable national resource and a strategic asset to the U.S. Government, its partners, and the public. Managing data as an asset and making it available, discoverable, and usable — in a word, “open” — has served to strengthen our democracy, promote government efficiencies, create economic opportunity and spur innovation, and improve citizens’ quality of life. Open data is central to President Obama’s leadership and legacy, and he has been able to create the most transparent and data-driven government in U.S. history.
During this free and open Summit we will hear from people on the front lines who are championing data-driven innovations. The Summit will explore the following questions:
Efficiency and effectiveness: How has open data made the government more efficient and effective?
- Health and wellness: How has open data made us live better lives?
- Innovation, job growth and economic opportunity: How has open data spurred innovative thinking, job growth and economic opportunity?
The Open Data Innovation Summit will bring together government trailblazers, entrepreneurs, companies, advocates, and civic innovators who are using Federal open data across all sectors. Innovations in open data will be featured in keynote presentations, lightning talks, and panels on the Main Stage and an exhibition hall in the Solutions Showcase.
On Sunday September 25th 2016, we will reconvene to strengthen our community and further these aims. The overall theme for this year’s edition will be “better governance” or how data science can be applied to solve public interest problems.
The data revolution has enabled businesses to provide better service, at a lower cost, and to more customers, at a scale of change not seen since the industrial revolution. While the corporate sector has effectively engaged the academic community in their problems, public and non-profit sectors have seen comparatively less application of data science methods.
Since 2014, Bloomberg has been hosting this yearly conference on applications of data science to problems related to the social good. This forum has enabled participants from academia, industry, government and NGOs to share insights and progress on applying modern machine learning and data science methods to problems in public and non-profit sectors.
UN Millennium Campaign, UN Global Pulse and Microsoft, in cooperation with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
UN Millennium Campaign, UN Global Pulse and Microsoft, in cooperation with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, host an evening reception on the margins of the UN General Assembly to celebrate momentum around the data revolution for sustainable development. The event will showcase cutting-edge examples of citizen data collection, interactive data visualizations, big data analysis and creative storytelling projects.
Government of South Africa, on behalf of Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
On 22 September, 2016, the Government of South Africa, on behalf of the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, will host a High-Level Side Event at the UN General Assembly in New York entitled “Measuring and Tackling Poverty in All its Dimensions”. The Government of Seychelles and OPHI will partner in the event. Policy makers from countries that have implemented MPIs will provide cutting-edge updates on how countries are using measures of multidimensional poverty to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. This includes reporting the global or national multidimensional poverty index (MPI) as indicator 1.2.2 and using the MPI as both a policy and governance tool to advance the SDGs and reduce poverty in all its dimensions.
Government of Belgium, IOM
This event, co-organized by Belgium, the IOM and other partners with the support and collaboration of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data will focus on how big data, together with other data sources, can help to shed light on trends, experiences and impacts of migration – the focus of the Ministerial Week. A critical question will be the challenge of providing accurate figures on migration flows, as well as improving cooperation and exchange between relevant public and private actors to ensure access to reliable data.
This high-level event will recognize the importance of public-private partnerships in catalyzing data-informed decision making on climate resilience. It will feature ministerial-level leaders from governments, company CEOs and representatives from foundations, academia and civil society who will highlight progress underway to develop innovative solutions and joint action to improve climate-resilience planning and action. The goal of the event will be to secure commitments to mobilize civil society and the public and private sectors to improve data use for climate resilience management, accelerate efforts to expand open access to climate-relevant datasets through a distributed network, and work across the public and private sectors to provide local communities with easy access to the best available and most relevant data for climate risk assessment and planning.
UNDP, UN Global Pulse
This 2-day event is the second of six workshops designed to help UN agencies harness the power of the data revolution for sustainable development and humanitarian response. Each workshop in the series is two days in length and focuses on practical, hands-on learning experiences that move participants through the entire lifecycle of a data innovation project. Each is hosted in partnership with private sector or academic partners.
UNGA Side Event - The SDGs and country implementation: Navigating between international needs and local realities
PARIS21, CEPEI, and Southern Voice
Implementing the SDGs at the country level has just started and there is a lot to learn from the experiences of those countries which have already embarked on this journey. One of the key challenges is the possible divergence between the efforts to produce internationally comparable data according to harmonised standards on the one hand, and data that is relevant, timely, and accurate from the national perspective on the other hand. Ultimately, new and reliable data of all types will be needed to provide governments with the capacity to design better policies and programmes. At the same time, more quality data needs to be collected for international monitoring. Can countries manage both?
Against this background, the objective of the PARIS21, CEPEI and Southern Voice hosted during the margins of the United Nations General Assembly is to take stock of existing experiences in implementation looking at it from both the national and international perspective in view of coming up with ideas how the implementation, measurement and monitoring of the SDGs can be beneficial for both the countries and the international community.
Ireland, Bahamas, Sierra Leone - Commonwealth, UNISDR, WHO, PAHO, Johnson & Johnson, Ericsson, Ge Healthcare, Digicel
Making Every Woman and Girl Count: A Public-Private Partnership to close gender data gaps for SDGs monitoring and accountability
UN Women, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Data2X (United Nations Foundation) and the Government of Australia
A newly established public-private partnership to support UN Women’s “Making Every Woman and Girl Count” programme will be launched on 21 September at an event jointly organized by UN Women, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Data2X (United Nations Foundation) and the Government of Australia.
The programme seeks to address the urgent need to increase availability of accurate information on gender equality and women’s rights in order to inform policy and decision making. Currently, there is a huge data gap—from the complete lack of statistics on how many women and girls live in poverty, to inaccurate measures of women’s engagement in economic activities, based on sexist assumptions.
This overall event will focus on how, in the SDGs' first two years, we can build the foundation for solid progress and ensure no one is left behind. Themes include promoting inclusion, reducing inequality, women's empowerment, education and approaches to the SDGs like better data systems and impact investing. Notable speakers include Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; H.E. Princess Lamia Al Saud, Secretary-General, Alwaleed Philanthropies; Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Council on Foundations; Peter Laugharn, President, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation; and Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD.
The Earth Institute and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University
The aim of the conference is to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions that can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s conference theme is Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice. The ICSD provides a unique opportunity to bring together stakeholders from government, academia, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, and grassroots organizers to share practical solutions towards the achievement of more sustainable and inclusive societies.
PARIS21 and Open Data Watch
The objective of this limited-capacity, invitation-only event is to review the financing of national statistical systems in developing countries, and the data revolution more generally, and to propose concrete actions to increase and sustain funding for measuring the SDGs. The event is co-hosted by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (Partnership) as well as the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21). Speakers include Partnership Coordinator Sanjeev Khagram and Martine Durand, OECD's Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician, who will discuss insights gleaned from PARIS21's Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS) as well as the Partnership's first The State of Development Data Funding report.
United Nations Foundation, UNDP, Mashable, 92Y
The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held annually during UNGA Week, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. Our theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?” During the Social Good Summit, global citizens around the world unite to unlock the potential of technology to make the world a better place.
This upcoming, virtual round-table discussion focuses on the challenges women face becoming leaders in Africa. This event will start with a presentation by Riva Levison about her new book, Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President. This is a great book about a unique partnership between Riva and Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Africa’s first woman President. Speakers for this event also include Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi, and Eliza Anyangwe, Editor at The Guardian and CNN, and CEO of The Nizinga Effect.