The first global World Data Forum was held in Cape Town between 15 – 18 January this year. The conference was organised by the United Nations and Statistics South Africa in an effort to speed up the measurement of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, by establishing closer partnerships between official statistical organisations, including Eurostat, representatives of the private sector, and providers of IT solutions.
The goal was to align actions by the global community who use data to monitor SDG indicators, which in turn measure progress towards sustainable development targets. To help with this, a global roadmap for building capacity for SDG monitoring was prepared. It will be discussed at the United Nations Statistical Commission meetings in New York this March.
Eurostat actively joined in the discussions, among other things taking part in a plenary panel on the future of data production organised by the World Bank.