The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa from 15 to 18 January 2017 in Cape Town, 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, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

PARIS21, along with INDEC Argentina, is organising the opening and closing sessions of the "New approaches to Capacity Development for Better Data" thematic track.

(TA1.02) Rethinking capacity development

Monday, 16 January 2017; 1330-1500, Auditorium 1

Despite increased demand for more timely and granular data, the question on how to best build national capacity in terms of data production, dissemination and use remains largely unanswered in many countries. This calls into question traditional approaches to capacity development.

The aim of the opening session of the Capacity Development track will set the scene  and look at topics that will allow us to rethink capacity development. It will particularly aim to address the following:  1) Building capacity in the SDG era; what does this mean in practice? 2) Why do we need a new approach?



(TA1.06) Means of implementation – financing, collaborations and commitments

Wednesday, 18 January 2017; 1045-1215, Auditorium 1

The closing session of the Capacity Development track will be moderated as a roundtable discussion. The moderators will ask each panellist a few questions rather than give each person an initial intervention. Follow-up questions may also be asked which will enable a free flowing discussion, with relatively shortinterventions from each speaker. The questions will be based on what has been discussed over the previous days of the forum, and how partners will commit and engage to take forward the necessary actions. Speakers will have the opportunity to announce their new commitments, upcoming work, collaborations, etc. to help advance the capacity development agenda.


Concept Note- Rethinking Capacity Development_v2.docx
Concept Note- Means of implementation_v7.docx