STI Forum Side Event: Presentation and Roundtable Discussion on UNCTAD Study on Data for Development

STI Forum Side Event: Presentation and Roundtable Discussion on UNCTAD Study on Data for Development
10 May 2024
13:15 - 14:30 hrs. Room CR-9, UNHQ
New York
, United States of America

Towards equitable pro-innovation data governance

Data has emerged as a critical foundation for economic growth and a tool for evidence-informed policies. Data's unique value lies in its ability to fuel innovation, drive the development in scientific research, and facilitate transformative breakthroughs across various sectors. More importantly, data's ability to provide systemic evidence means we can better understand the intricate interplay of the SDGs and their interconnected impact.

When managed wisely, data has the potential to combat pressing global challenges, ranging from climate change mitigation to pandemic responses, from ensuring food security to disaster risk management. However, it is crucial to remember that like all powerful tools, data comes with its set of challenges.

If mishandled, data can widen the disparities in developmental outcomes, magnifying the digital divide and potentially morphing it into a broader developmental divide. If left unregulated, data can inadvertently lead to market monopolies, spawn discriminatory practices, and even pose threats to fundamental human rights, among other issues.

Developing effective frameworks for global data governance is crucial to leverage data as a powerful tool in tackling global challenges such as climate change and pandemics. Governments and all relevant stakeholders must implement strategies to enhance data literacy, strengthen local capabilities in data analysis and management, and negotiate equitable data management frameworks internationally. These policies should benefit all stakeholders and contribute meaningfully to sustainable development.


This event will showcase UNCTAD study "Data for Development", followed by a round-table discussion.

The discussion will focus on the promises and challenges of data-driven innovations for sustainable development and global data governance.

The event aims to raise awareness of policy options to harness the potential of data for inclusive and sustainable development.


Introduction of the Data for Development publication by Mr. Angel González Sanz, Chief of Technology, Innovation and Knowledge Development Branch, UN Trade and Development


  • H.E. Ambassador Muhammadou Kah, Chair of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), Permanent Representative of the Gambia to the United Nations Office at Geneva


  • H.E. Ambassador Antonio Manuel Lagdameo, Permanent Representative, Philippine Permanent Mission to the UN in New York 
  • Mr. Christian Schlaepfer, First Secretary, Swiss Permanent Mission to the UN in New York 
  • Mr. Ronald Jansen, Assistant Director, Chief of Data Innovation and Capacity Branch (UN DESA) 
  • Ms. Friederike Schüür, Chief of Data Strategy and Data Governance (UNICEF) 
  • Mr. Oliver Schwank, Chief, Policy Analysis and Development, Financing for Sustainable Development Office (UN DESA)


The event is open to all STI Forum participants on a first-come-first-served basis, up to the capacity of the conference room.


Online registration is mandatory for all those wishing to attend this event.

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(UNCTAD/DTL/TIKD/2024/2) -  08 May 2024
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