Data for Sustainable Development events at 2017 High-Level Political Forum

The United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the annual gathering focusing on achievement and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From today through to Thursday, July 20th there will be myriad events and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) has a full calendar of events to attend. 

** United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) events can only be accessed with a UN ground pass **

Applying Earth Observation Data for the SDGs

Wednesday, July 12, 3.00-6.00 pm, UNHQ Conference Room 6 [no RSVP needed]

This open learning session is for anybody interested in learning more about and exploring applications of satellite and geospatial data in the context of Agenda 2030. It will focus on integrating geospatial data and earth observation (EO) data with official statistics to support the delivery of the SDGs, in particular SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 2 (Zero hunger), and SDG 14 (Life below water). Speakers, including representatives from the governments of Colombia (Diana Carolina Nova Laverde, DANE) and Kenya, will share emerging methods and country experiences related to exploring geospatial and EO data for the SDGs.

Speakers include: Aditya Agrawal, GPSDD; Bill Sonntag, GEO; Argyro Kavvada, NASA/ BAH; Matthew Hansen, University of Maryland; Compton J. Tucker, NASA: Alex de Sherbinin, CIESIN & NASA SEDAC; Frank Muller-Karger, University of South Florida; and, Gabrielle Canonico, NOAA.

Full details here. More information on HLPF's SDGs Learning, Training and Practice 2017 here.

SDGs, Data and Capacity Development: From a Data Revolution to a Capacity Revolution

Friday, July 14, 6.15-7.30 pm, UNHQ Conference Room E [no RSVP needed]

This session will bring to light examples of how the development community has adapted to the data revolution and address what gaps in capacity still need to be addressed to achieve the SDGs.

Speakers include: The discussion will be moderated by Johannes Jütting, Manager of PARIS21 and will include Claire Melamed, Executive Director, GPSDD; Beye Aboubacar, Director General, ANSD Senegal (tbc); Rosemarie Edillon, Vice Minister for Planning, Philippine; Katinka Weinberger, Chief of Environment & Development Policy, UNESCAP; Christoph Lang, Deputy Director, Swiss ADC (tbc); Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UNSD; Serge Kapto, Policy Specialist, Data for Development, UNDP (tbc); and, David Adieno, Senior Advisor, Data, Accountability & Sustainable Development, CIVICUS.

Full details here. More information on HLPF's Official Side Events here.

Data Drinks

Monday, July 17, 7.30-9.30 pm, The Wheeltapper Pub, 141 E 44th St. [no RSVP needed]


An opportunity for some relaxed networking with Global-Partnership-for-Sustainable-Development-Data members and other data-minded colleagues and friends. Snacks will be served and beverages will be available for purchase.

Leave No One Behind: Ensuring inclusive SDG progress

Tuesday, July 18, 1.15-2.30 pm, UNHQ Conference Room 11

To implement Agenda 2030, governments and civil society committed to work "for all people and segments of society." This event will showcase outstanding recent efforts to identify who is being left behind and why, improve data and accountability, build broader engagement, and implement a universal agenda. This event will promote international coordination, joint learning, and build momentum for implementation of the Leave-No-One-Behind pledge and data disaggregation. 

Speakers include: Hon Dr. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Government of Kenya; Lillianne Ploumen, Minister for Trade & Development, Government of The Netherlands; Neil Briscoe, Deputy Director, Head of Global Partnerships, Department for International Development UK; Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP; Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF; Claire Melamed, Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data; Harpinder Collacott, Executive Director, Development Initiatives; Oli Henman, Head of International Networks, CIVICUS; Alice Macdonald, Campaign Director, Project Everyone; and, Romilly Greenhill, Senior Research Fellow, ODI.

Full details here. More information on HLPF's Official Side Events here.