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CRVS research at the UN’s World Data Forum 2020

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Centre of Excellence-supported research was featured in two sessions at this year’s UN World Data Forum.

The 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum presented the latest data solutions and thinking to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and now more urgently, for monitoring and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum consisted of pre-recorded panels and live sessions from October 19 to 21, 2020.  

We partnered with Vital Strategies and the World Health Organization to develop a session on counting vital events and monitoring patterns of mortality to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visualizing the Invisible: Registering deaths and tracking mortality in the era of COVID-19

The speakers are:

  • Montasser Kamal, team leader, Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems
  • Fátima Mrué, Secretary of Health, city of Goiânia, Brazil
  • Janet W. Mucheru, Registrar-general of Civil Registration Services and deputy director-general of Information System Management, National Statistics and Information Authority, Kenya
  • Samira Sama, assistant director general, Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact, World Health Organization

The session is moderated by Anir Chowdhury, policy advisor for the Government of Bangladesh, and Philip Setel, vice-president for CRVS at Global Strategies.

Watch the session recording

Data for Development: Towards a More Integrated Agenda from the Global South

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) hosted a pre-recorded discussion about overcoming research silos and ensuring that coordinated perspectives and research from the Global South informs holistic approaches to data governance, innovation, and use.

The speakers are:

  • Jade Abbott, senior machine learning engineer, Retro Rabbit
  • Pyrou Chung, director of the Open Development Initiative, East-West Management Institute
  • Fabrizio Scrollini, executive director, Open Data Latin America Initiative 
  • Romesh Silva, senior technical specialist, United Nations Population Fund (who leads a Centre of Excellence-supported project to build a culture of vital statistics production).

The session is moderated by IDRC Vice-President of Programs, Dominique Charron.

Register for the forum to view the sessions and then go to the link. Registration is free.