India’s G20 Secretariat and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology (OSET), and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), hosted the side event on the theme ‘Data for Development: Role of G20 in advancing the 2030 Agenda’. The keynote address was delivered by India’s Sherpa Mr. Amitabh Kant who recognized data as the foundation for meaningful policymaking, efficient resource allocation, and effective public service delivery. Highlighting the data-driven transformation in India, the Sherpa said data and digital solutions have provided a strong momentum to good governance, digital financial inclusion, direct benefit transfers and in leapfrogging development efforts.
The event was designed as a curtain-raiser for further deliberations on Data for Development in the Development Working Group during India’s G20 Presidency, acknowledging the centrality of data-driven interventions for societal well-being and inclusive growth, and its role in accelerating progress towards the SDGs. Topics of discussion included ‘Rejuvenating legacy systems: From data to public value intelligence’, and ‘Models for the future: Leveraging IoT, Big Data and AI for the SDGs’. Apart from the thematic plenary sessions, two break-out sessions focused on (i) Role of Governments and International organisations in Data for Development, and (ii) Role of Civil Society, Academia, Philanthropic organisations, Private Sector, and Entrepreneurs in Data for Development.