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Dear colleagues,

Truth in Numbers…

As I write, we are just a week away from the 2018 PARIS21 Annual Meetings, which we are particularly excited about this year.

This year’s meetings will not take place as usual in the conference centre of the OECD, our host organisation, but instead in the Swiss capital of Bern, jointly co-organised with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

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I. Two major events to start off the year
UNSC Side Event: 3-years on: What have the SDGs done for National Statistical Systems?
Data for Development Festival
Bristol, UK
5 March
21-23 March

On the sidelines of the 49th UNSC, PARIS21 held a side event which looked at how national statistical systems (NSOs) have benefited from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the past three years.​

The Data for Development Festival brought together members of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to discuss the actions necessary to achieve the SDGs.

II. Release of the NSDS Guidelines for SIDS

The revised NSDS guidelines for SIDS address the specific statistical planning issues faced by small islands developing states, while still adhering to the core NSDS structure and functions. These guidelines include a more pronounced emphasis on six areas to help facilitate greater national commitment to the formulation and implementation of NSDS, including a much shorter formulation time frame.

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III. Invitation: Conference

Truth in Numbers: The role of data in a world of fact, fiction and everything in between

4 April 2018 | Bern, Switzerland

New information technologies have resulted in the current “post-truth” digital era, where the spread of “fake news” through social media and complex algorithms have led to divisive virtual echo chambers and information bubbles of like-minded people.

Polarised opinion landscapes and widespread misinformation have formed in an environment where emotions and beliefs prevail over facts and evidence. Against this background, there is a growing consensus among policy makers that something needs to be done to regulate the new data ecosystem, educate citizens and limit the misuse of data and information.

In today’s fragmented information landscape, this conference will look at how official statistics and data play a critical role in making true and reliable information available to society and encouraging the use of facts and evidence by citizens.

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