South Africa will host the first United Nations World Data Forum in Cape Town next week, says Statistician-General Pali Lehohla.

The forum, which will bring together about 1,000 global experts, including data scientists, academicians and civil society groups, will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Sunday to Wednesday.

The UN says more than 1,000 data experts from all over the world have registered for the forum.

Lehohla said here Wednesday that the event would help pave the way for standardising data. “There are increasing new sources of data that are useful and for them to be useful there must be standards,” he added.

The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission and the High-level Group for Partnership, Co-ordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A UN statement said the event would be an opportunity for data and statistics experts from around the world to get together with governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities explore innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It would also enable them tp contribute to important discussions, data labs and interactive platforms aimed at improving the use of data for sustainable development and to launch new initiatives and solutions which will deliver better data for all.


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