PARIS21 at the 1st UN World Data Forum
Cape Town, South Africa
15-18 January 2017
PARIS21 participated in the 1st UN World Data Forum which took place 15-18 January 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. This forum brought together over 1,400 data experts from governments, national statistical offices, the private sector and academia, international organisations and civil society groups.
PARIS21 and INDEC Argentina organised two sessions within the “New approaches to capacity development for better data” thematic track. PARIS21 also presented its draft discussion paper on "Capacity Development 4.0."
This opening plenary was aimed at setting the scene for the thematic track and looked at topics that introduced the idea of rethinking capacity development. Panellists discussed the need to take stock of existing knowledge and continue to promote the sharing of expertise and experience through activities such as south-south cooperation. They also recognised three principal actors that are affected by changing capacity developments.
· Change in capacity for data producers
· Change in capacity for data users
· Change in capacity for the donor community
This session was organised as a roundtable discussion and identified actions needed to implement the new capacity development agenda until the next WDF in the UAE.
During the session, there was a recognised need to focus on the demand side of data (data becoming a core life skill) and better co-operation with new and diverse actors. Open data, advocacy and brain drain were also priority issues that will need to be addressed in order to improve the technical capacities within countries. A number of commitments were then made by various organisations in how they plan on advancing their work around capacity development.
John Pullinger from ONS UK concluded the session by stating, “our job is not to produce statistics, it is to help the world make better decisions.”