Events from February 2021

In February, three events took place as part of the Road to Bern. All of these were international events. Given the current situation, they were held online instead of around the world. Among these, two events were held on the fringes of the 52th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission.

Side event at the 52nd session of the UNSC: “Enhancing financing for development data – progress and innovations for implementing the CGAP”

Co-organised by the HLG-PCCB, UNSD and the Bern Network, this event was held on 12 February 2021 as a Zoom webinar. Its aim was to take stock of the latest developments and progress in the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data (CTGAP) and the Dubai Declaration. It placed particular emphasis on new approaches and mechanisms developed by national statistical offices in developing countries, aid providers and multilateral institutions, as well as initiatives such as the Bern Network, to improve data financing and increase its volume during the pandemic.

The state of play is still the same: more and better funding, especially in developing countries, is more necessary than ever as we approach 2030. The contributions of Ola Awad, Johannes Jütting and Georges-Simon Ulrich, among others, provided ideas for innovative solutions to finance development data.

Further information: Side event at the 52nd session of the UNSC:“Enhancing financing for development data – progress and innovations for implementing the CGAP”- Road to Bern

On Data and Design – 17th meeting: on sustainable development goals (SDGs)

This second event organised by Superdot.Studio, in partnership and in the presence of Road to Bern, focused on data visualisation.

Visualisation is a key solution for disseminating data. The *On Data And Design* meeting addressed some questions about the SDGs: how can data visualisation improve, but also distort, communication? How should the United Nations visualise its data for dissemination? How does a national statistical office use visualisation to communicate with data users?

In this discussion which addressed a key new aspect, several contributions were made by Vincent F. Hendricks (Denmark), Founder and Director of The Center for Information and Bubble Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Stefan Schweinfest (United States), Director of the United Nations Statistics Division, and Serenella Ravioli (Italy), Director for Communication at the Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).

Further information:  On Data and Design – 17th meeting: on sustainable development goals (SDGs) – Road to Bern

To watch the event again: Stories around the SDGs · On Data And Design – YouTube

Side event at the 52nd session of the UNSC: Bern 2021, in the run-up to the UN World Forum

This second side event, organised by UNSD and Switzerland, aimed to provide information about the 2021 UNWDF.

On this occasion, the webinar addressed several points such as the road travelled since the first forum held in 2017 in Cape Town, some preview information on the organisation of the 2021 edition of the forum, the topics that will be discussed at the 2021 forum and the events organised in preparation for this forum, plus many other equally interesting topics. To discuss these, Georges-Simon Ulrich (FSO) was of course present to talk about the future forum, while Philipp Schönrock (CEPEI) notably took part in a round table on the future role of the forum in expanding the global community around data and statistics, moderated by Sarah Lucas (William and Flora Hewlett Foundation). Many other attendees were also present for an enriching discussion.

Further information: Side event at the 52nd session of the UNSC:Bern 2021, in the run-up to the UN World Forum – Road to Bern