Building impactful data ecosystems

In the past, data capabilities across the United Nations were often an isolated concern – confined to statistics or information technology departments. Today, data permeate every aspect of our work. 

Modern methods in statistics, analytics and machine learning help us to understand not just what happened but also why it happened, what may happen next and how to respond. If we learn to harness data responsibly, we can accelerate every agenda we serve.

For Example...

Data can change lives and livelihoods

Farmers in the global South face low crop yields, and up to 900 million people suffer from severe food insecurity. With modern data expertise, for example, United Nations entities can support Member States in combining satellite imagery and data on weather and soil conditions to help subsistence farmers – most of whom are women – to select better crops.

What building data capacity means

Nurturing modern data capacities is about making shifts in expertise, processes and technology so that entities improve how they collect, handle, govern and use data from more diverse sources to generate deeper insights for better decisionspowered by advanced analytics, machine learning and visualization techniques.

Ways in which data can have impact

António Guterres


“At the core of our Strategy is a simple idea: We start with data action that adds immediate value for our organization and the people we serve.”

Key resources

Secretary-General’s Data Strategy

The Strategy was designed with a coalition-based and overarching approach to help everyone in the UN family deliver more value from data, in a responsible manner.

Secretary-General’s Policy Brief

Despite progress, we are only at the beginning of the necessary changes in the UN family to unleash our full data potential. Read more from the policy brief chapter on how to drive internal changes and support us in this journey.

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data action

UN 2.0 is about leveraging our connections across the globe, with teams and projects active in over 160 countries. Click on the map to learn more.

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