As data and statistics increasingly shape societies and impact all aspects of individuals’ lives, the time has come to define the common values that underpin equitable statistical systems. 

With rapidly evolving data ecosystems, increasing public scrutiny, and mounting demands on national statistical offices, there is an urgent need to think critically about who controls, who is involved with, and who is affected by the production and use of data. The Data Values Project is a consultation with development and statistic communities to create common values, standards and ethics around the equitable production, use, and governance of data. 

This side event at the 53rd UN Statistical Commission focused on emerging insights from the Data Values Project. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data was joined by Statistics Canada, United Disabled Persons of Kenya, the Kenya Bureau of Statistics, the Paradigm Initiative, and the National Administrative Department of Statistics of Colombia.