Events from January 2020

  • New approaches to capacity development for better data: how to scale up innovation?

The event on “new approaches to capacity development for better data” organised by PARIS21 took place in Paris on 13 and 14 January. As the name suggests, the event included presentations for new approaches to statistical capacity development in national statistical systems and highlighted the need for more robust institutions and better innovations so that the data ecosystem can serve its citizens. Joshua Blumenstock (UC Berkeley), Alan Atkisson (Head of the Department of Partnership and Innovation, SIDA), Prof. Dr Samuel Kobina Ammin (government statistician, Ghana Statistical Service) and other representatives were present.

  • A new perspective on the economics of Global Health

Road to Bern was officially launched in Davos on 16 January organised by the Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva and in the presence of the Federal Councillor Alain Berset, the Minister for Home Affairs. The conference “a new perspective on the economics of Global Health” took place in the scope of Geneva Day at the House of Switzerland in Davos. Its aim was to explore innovative solutions and new mechanisms for international governance, notably in the area of public health. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (General Director of the World Health Organisation), Beatrice Weder di Mauro (Professor of Economics, the Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID)) and Shobana Kanineni (Executive Vice-Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals) were present to discuss the topc.

  • 2nd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS)

The “2nd International Forum on Migration Statistics (IFMS)”, organised by the IOM took place in Cairo from 19 to 21 January. This forum offered a unique dialogue space for a large range of stakeholders including NGOs and the private sector in order to exchange information on their success and their challenges in terms of migration data. Switzerland’s contributions from Pietro Mona and Markus Schwyn were also key moments at this event.

  • SDGs: Exchange – Networking – Perspectives

The Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Science (SAGW) organised an evening for discussion on the SDGs in Bern on 27 January 2020. Specialists in the area of sustainable development came to speak about the contribution of the human and social sciences to the SDGs. The presence of Daniel Dubas, Federal Council delegate for the 2030 Agenda and André de Montmollin of the Federal Statistical Office who spoke about “MONET 2030, beyond indicators and the SDGs?” should also be noted. To conclude, Gabriela Wülser from the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences tackled the subject of “Initiative of research into sustainability: priority subjects”. The evening was a success and welcomed around thirty participants. This event was the first in a long series of national events to follow for the Road to Bern.