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RealSoft Attended the UN’s First Data Forum

RealSoft Advanced Applications attended the first ”UN World Data Forum”, which was held by Statistics South Africa in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2017, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), under the guidance of the United Nations Statistical Commission.

The conference was particularly important; as it was the first UN conference held in this feild and it aimed mainly to a global plan for better data to improve people’s lives around the world through launching the Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data. The plan undertook key actions in six strategic areas, including: coordination and leadership, innovation and modernization of national statistical systems; dissemination of data on sustainable development, building partnerships, and mobilizing resources.

The concept of the forum was prepared with inputs from a group of independent statistical experts and consultants, following the task assigned by Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to prepare specific recommendations on the role of the data revolution in sustainable development in August 2014. Consequently, the team published a report entitled "A World that Counts" in November 2014, where they recommended holding “A Global Forum for Sustainable Development Data" every two years, and in this regard the United Arab Emirates was selected to host the second forum in Dubai at the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019.

 “The UN World Data Forum is the perfect place to launch the Action Plan and get all the major players behind it,” said UN Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo at a press conference.  “To implement the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and build a better future for people everywhere, it is essential to have accurate, reliable, timely and disaggregated data.” 

Later in the press conference that was held in Cape Town, Mr. Wu Hongbo, expressed the importance to plan and create more job opportunities in cities or to improve the education sector, adding that it would be disastrous if countries do not keep accurate birth and death records, highlighting the importance of accurate data and information for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

The Forum was agreed by the UN Statistical Commission based on a recommendation by the UN SecretaryGeneral’s Independent Expert and Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.  Improved use of data and statistics will be crucial to achieving the transformational vision of a better future for people and the planet, set out in the 2030 Agenda agreed by world leaders at the UN in September 2015. Rapid expansion in new sources of data is creating large-scale opportunities for innovative solutions, which need to be integrated with strengthened official data mechanisms and structures.   

A new plan for Sustainable Development was set out in the 2030 Agenda agreed by world leaders at the UN in September 2015, to guide the development process for the next 15 years. The plan included discussions regarding the people’s need all around the world and was agreed on by 193 countries of the UN members.

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