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Welcome to the Virtual UN World Data Forum!

The purpose of this Virtual UN World Data Forum is to allow participants of the first UN World Data Forum, as well as other members of the global data and statistics community, to carry forward the conversations around innovative data solutions and initiatives that were started at the Forum in January 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.

This Virtual UN World Data is organized around the six main thematic areas of the Forum.

It is a platform to facilitate the continuation of conversations and provide a space to share ideas and resources. It offers an opportunity to the more than 2,000 registered participants of the UN World Data Forum to share their takeaways, suggest follow-up questions for further discussion, and dive into practical implementation challenges around the 6 main thematic areas of the Forum.

This Virtual UN World Data Forum is maintained by the United Nations Statistics Division in its capacity as Secretariat to the UN World Data Forum, and is moderated with the support of partner organizations from the global data and statistics community.

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Hi, I have heard that some agencies used OMR readable formats for data collection. I want to learn about their experiences and any info/resource where I can read about using OMR in development.

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Guide to Data Innovation for Development - From idea to proof-of-concept,’ provides step-by-step guidance for development practitioners to leverage new sources of data. It is a result of a collaboration of UNDP and UN Global Pulse with support from UN Volunteers, led by UNDP innovation teams in Europe and Central Asia and Arab States.

The Guide builds on successful case trials and provides practical guidance for jump-starting a data innovation project, from the design phase through the creation of a proof-of-concept.

The guide is structured into three sections - (I) Explore the Problem & System, (II) Assemble the Team and (III) Create the Workplan. Each of the sections comprises of a series of tools for completing the steps needed to initiate and design a data innovation project, to engage the right partners and to make sure that adequate privacy and protection mechanisms are applied.

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Take a look at some of the highlights from the Twitter chat held on 11 January 2017, ahead of the first-ever UN World Data Forum...

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Hope that you will visit our website for the UN World Data Forum at and read our final report at . If you would like to use any of our photos on your own website or publications, here is the link to all our photos and instructions for how to use them 

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Open data for sustainable energy - SDG7+16

Dear colleagues,

The World Bank Group is looking forward to launch, an open data and analytics platform for the energy sector. Conveived as a collaborative tool, the platform is available to gouvernements and partners to make energy related data and analytics increasingly available.

Are you interested in becoming a contributing partner? If yes, please have a look at and get in touch with us at

Thanks and kind regards,

(TA2.20) Academy-centered partnerships for data production and sharing
January 17, 2017, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This session highlighted many examples of partnerships where academia and members of the data community (those who are in the business of producing data) have teamed up successfully to address real needs.

1. Peter W. Smith (
2. Fabio Senne (
3. Pedro Silva (

(TA3.10) Recent initiatives to improve capacity on migration and refugee statistics
January 16, 2017, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The session focused on ongoing efforts to build countries’ capacities to collect, analyse, manage and report migration and refugee data. The importance of such activities is increasingly recognized, particularly in light of the historic inclusion of migration in the Sustainable Development Goals, whereby Target 10.7 urges countries to facilitate orderly, safe and regular migration, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies. Target 17.18 specifically mentions the need to enhance data capacity-building support to developing countries, to significantly increase the availability of timely and accurate data, disaggregated by a number of characteristics, including migratory status.

As a matter of fact, countries across the South are often faced with very limited capacity to collect reliable and timely data on migration and refugee movements and stock, which hinders the design and implementation of evidence-based policies. The insufficiency of migration and refugee data also represents an obstacle to the integration of the needs of migrants and refugees into broader national development plans, hindering the ability of countries to effectively address the challenges while capitalizing on the benefits of migratory movements and ensuring that migrant and refugee rights are upheld.

The session included presentations by IOM and UNHCR about ongoing projects to enhance migration and refugee statistics. More specifically, IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre will present its approach to capacity-building in developing countries, which includes the development of training and guidance tools on migration data collection, analysis and reporting, both at the national and regional level (most recently across ECOWAS countries). UNHCR introduced its ongoing work towards the development of the Handbook on International Recommendations on Refugee Statistics and the work of the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics. Participants also heard from Government representatives from Ghana and South Africa about their experiences and recent efforts to improve the migration and refugee data landscape in their respective countries.

1. Frank Laczko (
2. Kimberly Roberson (
3. Sandile Simelane (
4. Omar Seidu (
5. Javier Teran (
6. Kedar Mankad (
7. Sabrina Juran (

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