UN Practices



Data Interoperability: Lessons from UN Statisticians

21 February 2020

By Francesca Perucci, Chief of the Development Data and Outreach Branch and Luis Gonzalez Morales, Chief of the Web Development and Data Visualization Unit, Statistics Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs 

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development puts data and statistics at the center of national and global action. But to unleash the full potential of data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), all stakeholders must be more collaborative and integrated. This is because no single entity can control all the data that is required to implement and monitor progress towards achieving the Global Goals and leaving no one behind.

Implementing Data as a Service for the UN Secretariat

23 January 2020

By Greg Ogolla, Data Visualization and Reporting Lead, Policy, Strategy and Governance Division, Office of Information and Communications Technology

The Office of Information and Communications Technology’s Policy, Strategy and Governance Division (PSGD) is responsible for developing Secretariat-wide policy, strategy and governance standards for information and communications technology (ICT).

How to Build Data Literacy at the UN: Lessons from OCHA

23 December 2019

By Katelyn Rogers and Lisa Peterson, Data Literacy Co-Lead, Centre for Humanitarian Data, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

There has been a rapid and significant shift in the role data plays in all of our work, with virtually every aspect shaped by data. Everyone in the United Nations community is working with and using data in some capacity.

Highlights from the OICT Data Symposium

17 December 2019

By Mahsa Hedayati, Information Systems Officer, Policy, Strategy and Governance Division, Office of Information and Communications Technology

With data growing exponentially, the Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) hosted a symposium at United Nations Headquarters on 8 October titled “The Future of Data at the UN”.