Beyond original research, TReNDS supports emerging processes and tools and advises governments and other stakeholders on the production and use of data for development.
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Earlier this month, TReNDS joined partners at the second annual Human Planet Forum, hosted by the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), to explore issues related to earth observation and population data for sustainable development. During the Forum, TReNDS presented on the POPGRID initiative and co-hosted a discussion with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) on how to best communicate the value of gridded population data products to policymakers.
On Wednesday 25 September 2019, SDSN TReNDS, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), the World Bank and UN Statistics Division launch their new initiative, Data for Now, on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The initiative aims to increase the frequency and timeliness of key sustainable development measures to enable governments to make evidence-based decision and drive progress on the world's biggest challenges.
SDSN TReNDS participated in the 2019 Data for Good Exchange conference on September 15 at the Bloomberg World Headquarters in New York. In collaboration with UN Environment, TReNDS helped to facilitate a workshop on “Building a Digital Ecosystem for the Planet.” UN Environment’s digital ecosystem proposal is described and endorsed in the forthcoming TReNDS report, Counting on the World to Act.
Since 2016, TReNDS expert Steven Ramage has been leading global stakeholder engagement and external relations for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), an intergovernmental partnership promoting the value and usefulness of Earth observations (EO) for research, policy, decisions and action.
Lack of attention to data management practices around SDG 7 is slowing progress in ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. In this guest post, researchers from University of California, Berkeley share insights on how data sharing can support energy access.
In 2018 and early 2019, SDSN’s Local Data Action Solutions Initiative (LDA-SI) supported organizations around the world in localizing SDG monitoring. Since the conclusion of the grants, some participants have seen their work take on new heights and dovetail with other efforts to localize the SDGs, while other participants have been challenged by difficult political climates and other factors.
TReNDS member Philipp Schönrock is the Director of Cepei, an independent think tank that he founded in 2003. He is also a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and the Programme Committee of the UN World Data Forum.
Geospatial data and technologies can support the Sustainable Development Goals – but only if the community helps make the case for them by improving communication and integration across stakeholders and processes. TReNDS Manager Maryam Rabiee reflects on this and more from the Ninth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).
TReNDS co-chair Shaida Badiee is the Managing Director for Open Data Watch. She brings several decades of experience in managing global development statistics as the long-time Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group.
The August 2019 edition of the Disaster Risk Reduction & Open Data Newsletter includes news on a new working group to develop new hazard definitions and classifications, the value of administrative data, and more.