Events from March 2020

  • 02.03.2020, New York: United Nations Statistical Commission side event: increased and better targeted funding of data for development

PARIS21, together with the UNSD, the World Bank, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, organised a side event in New York on the topic of increased and better targeted funding of data for development.

Development data are essential not only for formulating and planning policies, but also for monitoring and measuring progress towards the achievement of national and global sustainable development goals. However, if the goal is to “leave no-one behind”, national statistical systems will need to receive increased and better targeted funding to allow them to provide statistical data to support critical policies and interventions and to measure progress, particularly in developing countries whose statistical systems often lack resources and staff.

The aim of this event – which brought together the heads of national statistical offices, donors, international organisations and other stakeholders – was to: (i) take stock of the current state of the funding of data and statistics for development; (ii) present cases where better coordination between development partners and national statistical offices could optimise the allocation of additional resources; (iii) seek the views of national statisticians on the progress made, their main concerns and suggestions for the way forward; and (iv) prepare for the deliberations and reflections of the UN World Data Forum.

  • 04.03.2020, New York: Information session and breakfast, UN World Data Forum

Switzerland, UN Women and the UNSD co-organised an information session and breakfast in New York. During this session, the organisers, the host country, and members of the programme committee shared information about the upcoming United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF), as well as the international events planned throughout the year as part of Road to Bern and which are paving the way for discussions for the next UNWDF.    

The room was packed within UN Women to listen to presentations by Claire Melamed (CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data), Georges Simon Ulrich (General Director of the FSO), Stefan Schweinfest (Director of the United Nations Statistics Division) and other speakers.

  • 06-07.03.2020, Brugg: Energy hackdays

This event has been postponed until 28-29.08.2020.

The hackdays make a valuable contribution to energy efficiency and our understanding of energy. The aim is to use open data to create a sustainable energy future. All kinds of skills and perspectives are welcome, whether it be from students, data analysts, designers, programmers, experts* and many others!

See you in August!

  • 19.03.2020, Geneva: 2nd dialogue of the Road to Bern via Geneva: Data protection 

This event has been postponed until the end of April.

Among the four events planned in Geneva as part of the Road to Bern, the first dialogue took place in February and the second initially planned for March has been postponed until April.

Each time, the dialogues concentrate on one of four phases in data management, the topic of the second dialogue is the “protection of data against vulnerabilities: questions of trust, security and data confidentiality”. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) will co-host.

Stay tuned!

  • 19.03.2020, Geneva: DATA 2025

This event has been postponed until later in 2020.

The Data 2025 conference is jointly organised by the Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration and the Centre for Digital Trust and the EPFL College of Management. It was supposed to take place on 19th March 2020 at the IHEID in Geneva but was postponed given the current circumstances.

The aim of this conference is to contribute to a better understanding of what data are and to foster the development of mentalities and attitudes based on technical and economic realities rather than myths and unfounded discussions that arise in the popular media. The conference will be a chance to address current issues and also the opportunities and challenges that new technologies will present in 2025.

Stay tuned!

  • 20.03.2020, Bern: Museum Night organised by Science and City

This event has been cancelled.

The Maison des Académies was scheduled to open its doors to the public on 20th March 2020 at 6pm to give visitors an insight into the United Nations’ global sustainability goals for 2030, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under the motto “one-to-one discussion with the planet’s future”, a number of researchers were supposed to offer an entertaining look at the world of science.

The Swiss Federal Statistical Office was supposed to take part in a science speed dating event to provide information on the Road to Bern. From 8pm to 10pm, Mr André de Montmollin from the Environment, Sustainable Development, Territory Section was going to attend to answer visitors’ questions.

The next edition of museum night will take place in March 2021.