BEIJING, April 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Nations (UN) World Data Forum (WDF) which concluded on Thursday in Hangzhou city, east China's Zhejiang province, called for better governance of data and more cooperation between governments to help create a sustainable future.
"Today, in the 21st century, the data represents what oil represented in the 20th century: an engine of development and progress," explained UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. "Data, when used responsibly, is the foundation of a sustainable future."
China shared its experience with data governance at the forum and vowed to further contribute to global data governance by organizing more international trainings and promoting the development of the UN Global Platform for Big Data China Hub.
In his congratulatory message to the forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country is willing to work with other countries to help implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through data governance.
China is also willing to deepen international data cooperation under the Global Development Initiative, Xi noted.
digital transformation that works
The Chinese government has been working on digital transformation and helping companies do the same with big data.
China's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has been conducting censuses on the country's population, agriculture, economy, among other fields. The data collected allows the office to identify key social issues, analyze the economy, and provide key data for policy making.
Data technology has also provided great convenience for China's logistics industry, allowing companies to predict future workloads and assign staff and equipment even before orders arrive. As a result, the logistics chain is optimized to transport more goods with the same resources.
China is not only putting resources into data technology domestically, but also providing technical support to other countries, according to Shaida Badiee, managing director and co-founder of Open Data Watch, a nonprofit organization of data experts based in USA.
Cooperate for a greener future
A greener future for the world will not be achieved by the effort of a single country, and China's big data strategy requires strong cooperation with the rest of the world.
China has been a strong partner of the UN Statistics Division, helping the division implement data projects and training sessions, according to Francesca Perucci, deputy director of the division.
Kang Yi, head of NBS, said China is serious about opening up statistics and will share advanced data technology with other developing countries.
China will carry out more international training sessions through investment funds and become deeply involved in the research and development of the UN Global Platform for Big Data, so that China's contribution to global data governance will be more prominent, he added.
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