UN World Data Forum 2023 - UNDP sessions

The UN World Data Forum is an opportunity to advance in the development agenda by strengthening the global data ecosystem, promoting data-driven decision-making, fostering collaboration among stakeholders, and enhancing the quality and availability of data.

April 20, 2023
Event Details

24 - 27 April 2023


Hangzhou, China

Join UNDP at the UN World Data Forum 2023

From 24-27 April, experts from national statistical offices, the private sector, civil society, the scientific and academic communities, and international organizations will gather in Hangzhou, China for the UN World Data Forum 2023.

With the aim to spur data innovation, nurture partnerships, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data while building a pathway to better data for sustainable development, the UN World Data Forum brings together annually more than 20,000 data experts. This edition will be the fourth and represents the opportunity to foster collaboration and innovation across data ecosystems as well as new approaches to capacity development for better data to support development policy.

UNDP will be organizing and co-organizing several sessions as part of the Forum – sharing expertise on the use of data and analytics for decision-making and showcase solutions of scalable nature. Sessions range from using non-traditional data sources and innovative methods to track different policy responses to empirical linkages between effective data use, better policies and delivery, and more tailored services for the most vulnerable populations. These panel discussions, demos, and announcements will complement a range of insightful sessions on emerging trends and challenges in the field of data and statistics.

Join virtually.

Additional materials:

  • Download the full programme.
  • A series of blogs showcasing how working with data can support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals



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How Public-Private Data Collaboration Helps Governments Address Crises

Date: 25 April

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023During this session, participants will learn how the Development Data Partnership works (Partnership Secretariat) and the kinds of data that can be made available through private sector Data for Good programs (Meta and LinkedIn), see examples of how Partnership data has been used to inform urgent responses where traditional statistical data was not sufficient, with examples from Covid-19 (IMF and UNDP Pintig Lab), Ukraine, and natural disasters. Also, they will be invited to submit questions on the partnership’s new initiatives to build global data science collaboratives that address.
Data4Policy in Action: Data-informed policymaking in the time of Polycrisis

Date: 25 April

Time: 01:30 – 02:30 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023The event will feature a panel of senior officials and experts in the field of data-informed policymaking who will share their experiences on how they used data in their context, what were the challenges they faced, and how they turned them into success stories. They will also share their outlook for the future on how governments can capitalise on the data economy. 
Building the evidence to rebuild trust in governance systems

Date: 25 April

Time: 03:00 – 04:00 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023This session will explore different approaches adopted to measure different dimensions of governance – from the use of surveys and administrative records to citizen science approaches and adoption of participatory methodologies to link to policy making processes. The discussion moderated by UNDP will ask the panel to reflect on lessons, opportunities and partnerships to produce governance statistics necessary to rebuild the trust in governance systems.
Empowering SDG policy makers with spatial data and analytics

Date: 26 April

Time: 03:15 – 03:45 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023This session will display and demonstrate how potential users can access data available in Geohub – showing off development policy-related applications based on data available. There has been increasing demand to provide to various stakeholders a range of digital tools for data driven decision-making. To maximize the value of data, complex systems and stacks of tools are rapidly being built and employed (e.g., Data Futures Platform). A considerable amount of this data features a spatial character – that is, it provides locational information and a spatial context. GeoHub is an initiative to build on this stack of geospatial tools aimed to empower a broad range of users to harness the power of geospatial data integrated from disparate projects. 
Beyond Income, Averages and Today: Redefining Human Development in the Anthropocene Era with People-Centered Metrics and Hyperlocal Data

Date: 27 April

Time: 10:45 – 11:45 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023This interactive session will address the need for a new generation of metrics. The objective is to show that advancing human development in the Anthropocene and redesigning a path to progress that respects the intertwined fate of people and the planet requires a new generation of measurements. The panellists will present and share lessons from the new interactive Human Climate Horizons data platform, a product of a partnership between UNDP and Climate Impact Lab, with highly disaggregated and hyperlocal analytics for 24,000 regions covering the entire planet – a window to possible futures over the 21st century – that is fed by an evolving stream of multidisciplinary frontier research. This immersive session will include two interactive parts where in-person and virtual audiences will be asked to engage and share their views via mobile polling to a set of key questions. 
SDG 16: Measuring progress and reporting challenges. Different approaches to the cooperation between the international and national level.

Date: 27 April

Time: 10:45 – 11:45 am (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023This session aims at sharing and discussing progress and challenges in measuring SDG16. To this aim, for each of the identified patterns, practical experiences will be reported. Weak and strong points will be highlighted concerning the different attempts to identify a balance between country-specific initiatives and international recommendations. The session will present the experience from different countries around the world (Italy, Mexico, Moldavia, El Salvador) and of international agencies (UNODC, UNDP) describing their approach at measuring Goal 16 and the several cooperation initiatives adopted. Moreover, as a concrete example of international cooperation on the topic, the experience of the Task Force on Corruption Measurement deployed by UNODC-INEGI will be shared.
Social media analysis to help gender-based policy decision

Date: 27 April

Time: 11:25 – 11:45 am (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023The session will present how artificial intelligence and social media analysis can provide evidence to help inform gender-responsive policy measures to address the backlash against gender equality. In this context, the UNDP Gender Team will present a social media monitoring tool that leverages AI to track conversations across categories relevant to gender-responsive policymaking: education, politics, reproductive rights, employment and violence; as well as monitoring harmful content and hate speech against women and girls. The discussion will also include how the data captured will provide policymakers, civil society and practitioners with new insights to take action to address gender backlashes.
Rethinking data: listening to government's experiences

Date: 27 April

Time: 01:15- 02:15 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023The objective of this session is to share experiences on the innovative use of data for understanding complex interventions aimed at reducing climate change impact – in the format of a panel discussion - for government officials from Malawi, Bangladesh and Bhutan to share their experiences and views on how data led to rethinking policy, interventions and public services. It also aims to shed light on empirical linkages between effective data use, better policies and delivery, and more tailored services for the most vulnerable populations
AIDA – Artificial Intelligence for Development Analytics

Date: 27 April

Time: 01:15 – 02:15 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023The focus of the session is to present AIDA or Artificial Intelligence for Development Analytics – the latest initiative from the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) of UNDP.  AIDA uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for extracting evidence from our archives on the granularity level of paragraphs, providing quick and easy access to the digital evaluations stored in our Evaluation Resource Centre - dating back to 2002 and containing more than 5000 reports. The session will explore:  the development process of AIDA in partnership with UNICC and AWS, AIDA’s technical architecture, and several use cases. It will include: - Giving a demonstration of AIDA; - Sharing knowledge and experiences gained in the process of developing AIDA related to technical innovations in the field of applied AI and ML and partnerships that were built to realize the project.
Mainstreaming Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in Public Policy Innovation

Date: 27 April

Time: 1:15 – 2:15 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023The objective of the session is to demonstrate robust use cases for the state of the art in NLP, CV, network analytics and time series analysis using interactive dashboards, and delve into opportunities and barriers we faced as well as the strategies we implemented to respectively leverage and overcome them. Three of the platforms we seek to demonstrate are TravelInsights, Edu2Work, and AI4Mulberry. 
How can we build trust in citizen science data to inform policy decisions and action?

Date: 27 April

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023This interactive session aims to  share concrete and practical examples of how citizen science data are used by countries and the UN agencies to inform the SDGs in areas related to governance, health and environment, discuss the challenges of building trusted partnerships around citizen science, provide recommendations on how to overcome these challenges, and share lessons learned and experiences through active engagement of the audience. 
Improving decision-making by integrating multidimensional data

Date: 27 April

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023 Through two case studies, the session will explore the processes of leveraging data across these domains to understand their intersections and inform decision-making. and exemplify how, using multidimensional data analytics, new angles and insights can emerge. Thus, the session will provide learnings on the opportunities and challenges in maximizing the use and value of data for better decision making.
Monitoring new and old basic services: a Twitter approach

Date: 27 April

Time: 2:50 – 3:10 pm (UTC+8)

Registration link: UNWDF 2023 This session will showcase an existing tool leveraging text mining techniques to identify failures and their localization in a wide range of traditional basic services such as electric power, residential water, public transport, domestic gas, waste collection, and emerging basic services such as internet/telephony. The tool deploys a set of basic service indicators employing a new Twitter-based methodology implemented in five Latin-American countries.