Macau to host one of UN World Data Forum events in April

A conference organised by the United Nations University Institute in Macau on data dilemmas is set to take place next month as part of the forthcoming UN World Data Forum (UNWDF).

The full-day conference, which will take place on 25 April, will explore a variety of themes associated with ethical and practical challenges arising from the collection, storage and analysis of data, as well as how an approach of human-centred systems would help navigate those dilemmas in an increasingly digital world.

The conference, which features insightful speakers and experts from across the field, is also a collaboration with the University of Macau and the Macau University of Science and Technology.

It is the first time Macau has become a host for a satellite event of the UNWDF – a combination of more than 100 events and 70 parallel sessions that will take place in Hangzhou in Zhejiang province between 24 and 27 April, followed by another one in Colombia’s Medellín city later this year.

Since its inauguration in 2017, the forum has been the most important international platform in this area, aiming to spur data innovation and nurture partnerships, the institute said.

Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala, Rector of the United Nations University and also Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations will also be in attendance to welcome representatives from the academia and private sector in the field.

The local event will also culminate in a celebratory dinner marking 30 years since the establishment of the UN global think tank dedicated to research on digital technologies for sustainable development.