As the deadline for delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals looms, and as we work to address a devastating set of intersecting climate, health and economic crises, there is an urgent need to reimagine the relationship between data, power, and development. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and Instituto Nacional de Estadística de la República Oriental del Uruguay (INE) today announces the next Data for Development festival, convening governments, multilaterals, business and civil society from their global network of 650 partners, to exchange ideas and drive action on the most pressing issues.

The Festival de Datos will be held in Punta del Este, Uruguay from November 7-9 2023, bringing together more than 400 delegates from governments, multilaterals, private sector, academics and civil society, and building on the first Data for Development Festival held in Bristol in 2018.

This gathering will be organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and hosted by the Government of Uruguay, spearheaded by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística de la República Oriental del Uruguay (INE).

Beatriz Argimón Cedeira, Vice-President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay commented, “Common spirit, dialogue and advocacy are needed to supercharge progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. That is exactly what the Festival de Datos sets out to do, focusing on partnerships aimed at innovating, building and financing inclusive data systems that the world needs now more than ever in this Decade of Action.”

Diego Aboal, Director General of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística de la República Oriental del Uruguay (INE), commented: “Uruguay is a country that values transparency of information and the generation of quality statistics, as two pillars of democracy. Across the public and private sector there is widespread  recognition of the role of data in providing better services and quality of life for our citizens. The 2023 Festival de Datos is a unique opportunity for Uruguay, and an opportunity to bring together data experts and communities from across the globe to celebrate the latest thinking and action.

Claire Melamed, Chief Executive of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, commented: “The Festival de Datos is the apex of our collaboration and cooperation - where we discuss, debate, demonstrate, train and connect on all aspects of data in our societies. After the last few years of disconnection and fragmentation during the global Covid-19 pandemic, and amidst a perfect storm of global crises, bringing together the data for development community to discuss and drive practical action feels more critical than ever.”



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About Instituto Nacional de Estadística de la República Oriental del Uruguay (INE).

The National Statistical Institute (INE) has the mission of generating and providing quality statistical information to society, as well as leading and coordinating the National Statistical System, establishing technical standards and verifying their compliance. INE's vision is to be a leading and benchmark institution in Latin America. INE has begun a process of modernization of  management and production of statistics in order to fulfill its strategic plan, based on four fundamental pillars: human resources, quality of statistics, intensive use of technology and statistical use of administrative registers both from the public sector and privately-held data.

About The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (the Global Partnership):

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is a fast-growing, dynamic international partnership bringing together over 650 different organizations including governments, UN agencies, private companies, civil society organizations, and many others. The Global Partnership convenes, connects, and catalyzes action to address the problems of poor data use, access, quality, and production, and to work with stakeholders to fully harness the new opportunities of the data revolution in the service of sustainable development. The Global Partnership aims to link and align action, capacities, and resources across geographies, sectors, and data communities.