UNWDF outcomes

Final Report of the “Road to Bern” / United Nations World Data Forum 2021 Project

Only available in English, this document represents a summarised version with all the main information of potential public interest. It was especially made for the UNWDF so that it could be held sustainably in the future.

Check out the UNWDF outcomes below!

The UN World Data Forum 2021 (UNWDF) ended Wednesday 6 October in Bern with the adoption of the “Bern Data Compact for the Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals”. Click here for the press release

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06 October 2021

The UNWDF and Switzerland

During the UNWDF, 3 videos have been filmed. Each video is featuring one person who contributed to the UNWDF or have been involved in a session organised by Switzerland. This is an opportunity to relive the event through their testimonies.

Shaida Badiee

Shaida Badiee is talking about the event and the importance of trust in data
Shaida Badiee, Managing Director of Open Data Watch (ODW) and member of the UN World Data Forum programme comitee is explaining the importance of an event like UNWDF and how it contributes to building trust in data.

Thomas Gass

Thomas Gass nous donne des pistes d’améliorations sur la collecte des données
Thomas Gass, ambassadeur, vice-directeur et chef du Domaine de direction Coopération Sud de la Direction du développement et de la coopération (DDC) nous donne des pistes d’amélioration sur la collecte des données.

Stefan Schweinfest

Stefan Schweinfest spricht über die Zusammenarbeit mit der Schweiz
Stefan Schweinfest, Direktor der UNO-Statistikdivision, spricht über die Zusammenarbeit mit der Schweiz in der Vorbereitung und Durchführung des dritten World Data Forums. Auch das erstmalig zur Anwendung kommende Nachhaltigkeitskonzept und die Herausforderungen der Zeit für die öffentliche Statistik kommen zur Sprache. Und, last but not least, geht der oberste Vertreter der UNO in Sachen Statistik der Frage nach, wie junge Menschen für Statistik begeistert werden können oder es teilweise schon sind.

Outline document

As it was the case for the first two editions of the UNWDF, an outcome document was consulted and is now available. The “Bern Data Compact for the Decade of Action on the Sustainable Development Goals” calls the international community and national governments for all communities to work together in the data ecosystem to ensure many aspects related to the 2030 Agenda.

VIDEO “What have statistics ever done for us?”

This video was produced for the Opening Ceremony of the United Nations World Data Forum 2021 (UNWDF). It was created to demonstrate the added value of statistical information in a humourous way.


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Opening ceremony

Speech by Alain Berset,

Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs

Speech by António Guterres,

Secretary General of the United Nations

Speech by Brad Smith,

President of Microsoft

5 Personnalities and the SDGs

Below you will find five videos of five Swiss personalities made to mark the occasion of the UNWDF. Swimmer, Ernst Bromeis, world champion in orienteering, Simone Niggli, architect, Mario Botta, farmer and politician, Fernand Cuche, and National Councillor, Anna Giacometti. All are committed to sustainable development.

The videos were filmed in Romansh, Italian, French and German and subtitled in different languages.

Ernst Bromeis

Anna Giacometti

Mario Botta

Simone Niggli

Fernand Cuche