The Russian invasion of Ukraine in spring of 2022 has had a devastating impact on the people of that country. The war’s effects have also been felt far beyond Ukraine’s borders and in a myriad of ways in different countries. Ukraine’s close neighbours in Europe are grappling with insecurity, a refugee crisis and a need to divest energy sources rapidly. Other parts of the world, particularly developing countries, are now facing rising food prices, fearing that these will in turn lead to increasing hunger, poverty and social unrest. Reminders that we live in a tightly interconnected world are around us all the time, and yet often go ignored until a major crisis occurs.

When the SDGs were agreed in 2015 it was with the understanding that a better, fairer, safer future is only possible if all countries move forward together. But as the 2030 deadline approaches, progress is slowing and even reversing across some SDGs. Investing in building a global community is essential, our greatest sources of crises are oblivious to borders - such as climate change, disease and pandemics and energy security. South-South co-operation, peer learning and exchange of experiences are increasingly viewed as the key success factors for sustainable progress.

This is as much the case in the global data landscape as in any other field. Many countries have made progress in improving processes, implementing innovative solutions, and designing strong and inclusive frameworks to ensure the sustainable production and use of data in decision making. The need to share these experiences and learn from each other’s successes and failures has never been greater.

With its wide global spread of partners and initiatives, PARIS21 can promote cross-border learning, and scaling local/national knowledge to support developments at the global level. Indeed, enhancing partnerships for data-driven sustainable development is one of PARIS21’s key outcomes to make progress towards better data for better lives for all.

PARIS21’s 2022 Fall Meetings will bring partners together to showcase good examples from across the world, providing the opportunity for more in-depth discussions and collective learning. A series of regional meetings will be held during the third and fourth quarters of 2022 that highlight key partner initiatives. These will culminate in an in-person PARIS21 Board Meeting at the OECD in Paris on 9-10 November 2022.

The objectives of the Fall Meetings are to:

  • Showcase examples of inspiring developments and promote peer learning;
  • Provide a forum for data practitioners (producers, intermediaries, users) across the world to come together and discuss common challenges and possible solutions to address these;
  • and Gain input from board members on PARIS21’s 2023 programme of work to ensure its relevance and effectiveness


Thematic regional meetings


PARIS21 proposes a suite of thematic meetings centred around its existing country programmes. Making use of both in-person and virtual meeting formats, the emphasis will be on promoting greater engagement and enhanced learning from country activities.


June: Communicating statistics in a changing media landscape, Paraguay

Communications professionals from within the national statistical system will come together for a one-day workshop to share their successes and challenges in developing and maintaining successful relationships with media and journalists. The event will build an understanding of how communications managers can navigate their organisations through a changing media landscape, understand the benefits of good relationships with media and journalists for better dissemination of statistics, and develop common good practices. The event will be organised together with INE Paraguay and CEPEI.


September: Mainstreaming gender data for better gender equality, Senegal

Attached to a study tour for NSOs DGs and heads of gender statistics to Senegal, PARIS21 will organise an in-person meeting in Dakar with invitees from different parts of the government to discuss the challenges and successes of Senegal mainstreaming of gender, from a data production and use perspective. UNWOMEN and Global Affairs Canada will be associated with the event.


September: Promoting inclusive data governance, Mongolia

Attached to a national activity on developing legal frameworks for better data governance, PARIS21 will organise an in-person meeting in Ulaanbaatar with invitees from the sub-region on the theme of data stewardship. Particular focus will be given to presenting lessons learned from the ongoing revision of the statistical law in Mongolia. One session will be broadcasted through a webinar to a wider audience. Switzerland will facilitate the event.


October: Building coherent climate data reporting, Zambia

Attached to a national activity on climate data reporting, we will organise an in-person meeting with invitees from the sub-region for a day on the theme of climate data reporting for international agreements and national mitigation and adaptation. Sweden will facilitate the event.


PARIS21 Board Meeting, 9-10 November



  • Highlights from national and regional events
  • Panel discussion on scaling up communities of practice
  • Breakout sessions promoting learning between partners
  • Progress report from PARIS21 and input to 2023 PARIS21 Programme of Work


Session 1: 9 November 2022, 09:00-12:00 CEST: Learning by doing: highlights from PARIS21 partner initiatives and 2022 Progress report, incorporating breakout sessions to showcase regional events and present lessons learned

Session 2: 9 November 2022, 13:00-16:00 CEST [also virtual]: Ensuring greater impact, incorporating a moderated panel discussion on how to ensure that we learn from our successes, failures and scale up our work to achieve better results

Following this session, participants are invited to join a cocktail reception at the OECD Château de la Muette

Session 3: 10 November 2022, 9:00-12:00 CEST: Looking forward: what does this mean for our priorities and the forthcoming 2023 Programme of Work?

Format: in person at OECD in Paris, with some sessions available virtually

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