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Published: 21 Jan 2017

Summary of the first UN World Data Forum: 15-18 January 2017

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This IISD summary provide a synthesis of discussion and outcomes from the first UN World Data Forum held in South Africa from 15-18 January 2017. The Forum took place following the recommendation of the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development in the report, “A World That Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development”. The Forum sought to intensify cooperation with various professional groups, such as national statistical offices (NSOs), information technology and geospatial information managers, and data scientists among other representatives of government, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.

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