By: Brady Press

With COVID-19 still affecting communities globally, many United Nations events for 2021 will take place virtually, along with some taking a hybrid in-person and virtual approach and others hoping to convene in-person later this year. While tech glitches caused minor drawbacks to virtual events last year, there were benefits as well — like wider accessibility and the ability to better absorb information by pausing and replaying web recordings as needed. If you are interested in following SDG data, below is a list of key events for this year.

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59th Session of the Commission on Social Development

February 8–17, 2021; Virtual

The Commission — the advisory…


By: Brady Press

The 2020 Multidimensional Poverty Index was listed as one of our team’s Top 10 Reports from last year’s United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) and we continue to reference its findings. Released during a virtual HLPF session with panelists from OPHI, UNDP, WHO, the World Bank and select government officials, the report focuses on the declination of multidimensional poverty in many developing countries. Although the report uses data collected before the pandemic, it includes projections of COVID-19’s impact on global poverty. Here is a brief summary of the key findings:

Source: 2020 MPI Report

What is the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)?

Launched in 2010 and released annually…


By: Brady Press

Source: UN World Data Forum

With increasing public awareness of the importance of data in our every day lives, and COVID-19 data taking center stage over the past year, the topic of communicating data to the public is becoming a popular conversation within both the statistics and journalism communities. In fact, we saw this emerge as a key theme at last year’s UN World Data Forum. Check out our session summaries from two events from the Data Forum that set the stage:


By Brady Press and Ben Kickert

The UN World Data Forum (UNWDF) is the most significant data-focused global development event. Every year our team looks forward to following the conversation. Like many events in 2020, this year’s UNWDF was held virtually, and much of the content was centered on COVID-19. The Forum, which took place from October 19–21st, convened over 5,000 data experts from 100 countries, across various sectors, to explore innovative solutions for better data and to strengthen cooperation on data for sustainable development.

If you attended the event, revisit the event platform for full access to event recordings…


SDGCounting UN World Data Forum Session Notes

This post is part of a series highlighting sessions from the 2020 UN Data Forum. Watch every session or read our summary.

Summary: Leaders from major corporations discuss how large companies in industries such as finance and telecommunication can leverage the data they have for global development. In particular, these entities have access to timely information that can be leveraged for policy decisions. However, concerns about privacy and monetization must be considered.

Speakers


SDGCounting UN World Data Forum Session Notes

This post is part of a series highlighting sessions from the 2020 UN Data Forum. Watch every session or read our summary.

Summary: Experts from around the world explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges for data collection and use. Panelists discuss novel approaches to public and private data while also discussing challenges related to privacy and ensuring accuracy with new methodologies.

Speakers


SDGCounting UN World Data Forum Session Notes

This post is part of a series highlighting sessions from the 2020 UN Data Forum. Watch every session or read our summary.

Summary: This session includes a series of short presentations by a diverse field of speakers that introduce innovative methods and policies for data-driven communication. The presentation covers various tools and approaches that can be implemented or utilized by anyone interested in better statistical literacy and usage.

Speakers

  • Benjamin Wiederkehr, Interactive Things
  • Hannele Orjala, Statistics Finland
  • Betty Gichohi, Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Eduardo Graciada Campos, Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografia Mexico (INEGI)
  • Manos Antoninis, UNESCO
  • Markus Wuest, Federal Office…

SDGCounting UN World Data Forum Session Notes

This post is part of a series highlighting sessions from the 2020 UN Data Forum. Watch every session or read our summary.

Summary: This session provides an overview of how the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team is working to map 1 billion people in the world’s unmapped places through machine learning and citizen generated data with the help of corporations and individuals on the ground.

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Key Takeaways

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team is working to provide mapping services for the…


SDGCounting UN World Data Forum Session Notes

This post is part of a series highlighting sessions from the 2020 UN Data Forum. Watch every session or read our summary.

Summary: In this session, panelists discuss some of the breakthroughs that artificial intelligence and machine learning have brought to data analytics for global development. However, many challenges still exist, especially around privacy and people’s understanding of the process, aims and implications of the technology.

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SDGCounting UN World Data Forum Session Notes

This post is part of a series highlighting sessions from the 2020 UN Data Forum. Watch every session or read our summary.

Summary: In this session, panelists from World Resources Institute and AidData discuss how journalists can improve their skills with data literacy and presentation with practical examples, approaches, and tools.

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Key Takeaways

Sara Schonhardt, Earth Journalism Network

Discusses how journalists can have better data-literacy and figure out how to share that information with infographics and interactive tools…

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Keeping track of progress on trying to count and measure the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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