1st dialogue of the Road to Bern via Geneva – Collecting data

In total, four events will take place in Geneva as part of the Road to Bern. The four events focus on one of the four phases of data management. The events will be organized by Switzerland, together with two international organizations, which are based in Geneva.

Topic of the first dialogue is “Collecting data: How can big data contribute to leaving no one behind and achieving the SDGs? “.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosts.


09.00 – 09.30  Registration and coffee

09.30 – 10.00  Introductions and welcome

Introduction to Cross-Sectoral Dialogues on Digital Cooperation:

Jean-Pierre Reymond, Chargé de Mission, Head of Innovation Partnerships, Permanent Mission of Switzerland

Welcome and opening remarks:

Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General, World Health Organization

Professor Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization

10.00 – 10.30  Keynotes on big data and data collection

  • Experiences on the need for big data and the power of digital technology to drive decision making – especially for equity in the SDG era :  Professor Sir Richard Peto, Professor of Statistics and Epidemiology, University of Oxford, UK (TBC)
  • The importance of sustainable infrastructure for rapid collection and exchange of meteorological data and how technical standards and policies underpin data infrastructure and challenges in doing so: Dr. Anthony Rea. Director, Infrastructure Department, World Meteorological Organization

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.00 Parallel interactive panel sessions

Panel 1: Principles, standards, quality and accelerating data collection, Obasi Room (Room A)

The panel will address collecting data in vulnerable situations, the importance of principles, standards and guidelines to ensure data quality and use. It will also touch on the importance of disaggregated data, the power of digital technology and links with the SDG Global Action Plan targets.

Moderator: Craig Burgess, World Health Organization   


● Rebeca Moreno Jimenez, Data Scientist, UNHCR

● Marten Kaevats, Estonia. Member of the Global Digital Technical Advisory Group

● Lidia Bratanova, Director, Statistical Division, UNECE (TBC)

● Oliver Morgan, Director Health Information in Emergencies, WHO

● Johannes Cullmann, WMO Coordinator for Water and Cryosphere

● Natalie Zorzi, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Panel 2: Sustaining data collection and the power of partnerships  (Room B)

The panel will address how to make partnerships work in order to leverage technical and financial resources. It will highlight the roles of local data users and national institutes in sustainable data collection, financing data collection, reducing reporting burden and links with SDG climate change.

Moderator: Clare Nullis, World Meteorological Organization  


● Rosy Mondardini, Managing Director, ETH/UZH Citizen Science Centre  

● Olcay Ünver, UN-Water Vice-chair

● Jos Verbeek, World Bank

● Luca Pupulin, Executive Director, Impact (TBC)

● Dimitar Ivanov, Director, Public, Private Engagement, World Meteorological Organization 

12.00 – 12.30  Main action points for the UN World Data Forum

Closing remarks and transition to the next cross-sectoral dialogues:

Professor Jovan Kurbalija, Founding Director of Diplo Foundation and Head of Geneva Internet Platform

12.30  14.00   Informal networking lunch (outside Obasi Room)

For more information, visit : https://www.giplatform.org/rtb-geneva/


You are kindly invited to register for Dialogue 1 on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/billetscross-sectoral-dialogues-on-digital-cooperation-91307895373 by no later than 12 February 2020. In order to foster interactive discussions and fruitful exchanges, the number of participants is limited. It is therefore recommended to register on time.

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