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20 March 2023, 12:00 - 13:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

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The Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series on "United Nations World Data Forum 2023 – What to expect?" was held virtually on Monday, 20 March 2023, 12:00-13:00 hours (Bangkok time, UTC +7).

The United Nations World Data Forum aims to spur data innovation, nurture partnerships, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development. The 2023 Forum (WDF2023) will be taking place in the ESCAP region for the first time, from 24 to 27 April 2023 in Hangzhou, China. WDF2023 is taking place as a hybrid event, meaning that although in-person registration closes on 8 March 2023, it is still possible to actively participate in the forum remotely.

The Forum welcomes participants interested in data from a diverse range of backgrounds: governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia, and professional bodies. The Forum will create a space for exchanging ideas, identifying solutions and providing mutual learning opportunities across a wide variety of topics, set out in the Programme. Online participants will have the opportunity to view and interact in around 80 different sessions across the three main days of the Forum.

This Stats Café shared with you further information on this year’s Forum from a range of speakers representing the host country, the Programme Committee, the Forum secretariat and allow you to ask them questions. The following topics were covered:

  • Highlights from the programme, including high-level events
  • Experiences from previous UNWDFs
  • Logistics for virtual participation in the Forum
20 Mar 2023
Introduction to the UNWDF

by Rachael Beaven, Director, Statistics Division, UNESCAP & UNWDF Programme Committee member

Introduction to UNWDF23 in Hangzhou

by Wang Juan, Division Director of Multilateral Relations, Department of the International Cooperation, National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS)

Registering for remote participation in UNWDF23

by Ian Rutherford, UNWDF Secretariat, UNSD

UNWDF23 sessions to look forward to:

Session Title


Rethinking data: listening to government's experiences

Md. Ifetkhar Hossain, UNDP

Boosting data availability on agricultural land ownership from a gender perspective: Balancing inclusion and quantity

Marge Guerrero, FAO

Partnership Innovation for Inclusive Ocean Data

Teerapong Praphotjanaporn, UNESCAP

Strengthening local data ecosystems to support devolved decision making: Challenges and opportunities

Sajana Maharjan Amatya, The Asia Foundation

Experiences of participating in UNWDF: Virtual and in-person

by Lay Chhan, National Institute of Statistics (NIS) of Cambodia and Nazira Kerimalieva, National Statistical Committee (NSC) of the Kyrgyz Republic


by Rikke Munk Hansen


by Rachael Beaven

for more information, please contact

Statistics Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]
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