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On December 7, the United Nations Global Platforms for Big Data China Hub was established in Hangzhou. The hub was jointly initiated by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), and the People’s Government of Zhejiang Province. It will carry out activities to promote the application of big data and data science in official statistics, monitor the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, share the latest developments in statistics, and organize international workshops on big data applications and data science.
At the founding ceremony, Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General of the UN, and Ning Jizhe, Commissioner of the NBS, signed a Memorandum of Understanding online for the UN Global Platforms for Big Data China Hub. They also presented appointment letters to members of the center’s International Advisory Committee.
Zhu Shiqiang, President of Zhejiang Lab, was appointed as a member of the committee. The main responsibilities of the committee include advising on the planning and operation of the center, advising on the development and implementation of the center’s annual projects, and reviewing the work of the center on a regular basis. Other appointed members include Pan Yunhe (Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Chief Scientist in Artificial Intelligent at Zhejiang Lab), Wang Xiaojun (Dean of the School of Statistics at the Renmin University of China), Si Xiao (Vice President of Tencent), and Marco Marini (Deputy Director at the Strategy, Standards, and Review Division of the IMF Statistics Department).
Ning Jizhe said that in recent years, as the UN is leveraging big data to explore a more precise and efficient path to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, regions and departments in China are seizing opportunities to make plans and promote the in-depth integration of digital society, digital economy, and digital government, thereby laying a solid foundation for big data application and innovation.
Zheng Shanjie, Governor of Zhejiang, said that the establishment of the center should be seen as a new starting point. Following the ideas presented by President Xi Jinping in his speeches, and in accordance with the UN guidance and the NBS requirements, relevant departments and agencies in Zhejiang should strengthen international cooperation on statistical big data in multiple fields, at multiple levels, and via various forms. The UN Global Platforms for Big Data China Hub will focus its efforts on building a high-performance platform for application development, a high-level platform for communication services, and a high-quality platform for talent recruitment and cultivation, striving to create a world-leading knowledge, technology, and innovation center for big data and thereby taking government administration and the reform of official statistics to a higher level.
Zhejiang Lab had previously engaged in deep communication with the NBS Zhejiang Investigation Team on the application of big data in statistics. The two sides have agreed that with the extension of the application scenarios of big data, data has become a new and critical factor of production, and statistical big data has emerged as a rich mine from which valuable information can be extracted. With solid research foundations in areas such as intelligent perception, data storage, intelligent computing, and data security, as well as the ability to create innovative data solutions, Zhejiang Lab will fully leverage its research strengths in intelligent science and technology to enhance the cooperation with the UN Global Platforms for Big Data China Hub, promote the development of big data applications and data science, and facilitate social governance with new intelligent tools created by data and statistics.