Upcoming Events

Data Analysis for Development Planners

12/02/2018 – 23/02/2018, Dakar, Senegal

Hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the overarching objective of the Data Analysis for Development Planners course is to contribute to the development of a critical mass of highly skilled middle and senior policy officials and decision makers who will be suitably or better equipped to collect and/or analyze data for the purpose of national, sub-regional, and regional development planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. More specifically, the course will  provide training on different methods and types of data collection and analyses. The course content covers a range of both theoretical and practical issues in data collection and analysis. Softwares which can be deployed to undertake complex analyses will be demonstrated and their uses taught. The course will respond to the needs articulated by African governments for a corpus of skilled mid-level and senior development planners who are adequately equipped to collect and analyze data…more

Toward data-driven education systems: What information do education leaders want and need?

21/02/2018, Washington, DC, USA

Center for Universal Education at Brookings and AidData will co-host a presentation and panel discussion on their forthcoming report Toward data-driven education systems: How leaders use information to measure results and manage change. The event will share findings from two unique global surveys that assess the use of data and evidence by education leaders in developing countries. Among those surveyed were senior and mid-level government officials, in-country staff of development partners, and domestic civil society leaders. Panelists include Shaida Badiee, managing director of Open Data Watch…more

Global Data Set on Education Quality

02/22/2018, Washington, DC, USA

Organized by the Education Division of the Inter-American Development Bank, this brown bag lunch presentation discusses the Global Data Set on Education Quality. The database includes 163 countries and regions over the period 1965–2015. The globally comparable achievement outcomes were constructed by linking standardized, psychometrically-robust international and regional achievement tests. Learning outcomes in developing countries are often clustered at the bottom of the global scale.  Although variation in performance is high in developing countries, the top performers still often perform worse than the bottom performers in developed countries.  Gender gaps are relatively small.  The distributions reveal meaningfully different trends than mean scores, with less than 50 percent of students reaching the global minimum threshold of proficiency in developing countries relative to 86 percent in developed countries. The paper also finds a positive and significant association between educational achievement and economic growth…more

Data for Development Festival

21/03/2018 – 23/03/2018, Bristol, United Kingdom

The Data for Development festival is the inaugural in-person gathering of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. It is an exciting chance to exchange ideas with partners from around the world, generate new collaborations, and explore the impact of emerging technology on people’s lives. This event provides an opportunity to participate in numerous thematic events, network with the global data community, meet representatives of the Global Partnership’s new Board of Directors and Technical Advisory Group, and shape the partnership’s future…more

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

25/03/2018 – 27/03/2018, Bangkok, Thailand

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is convening the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). The Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 will be a forum for civil society organizations to work together and consolidate their positions and recommendations for a regional sustainable development agenda. Asia-Pacific CSOs from different sectors and countries will explore common ground and actions, develop common messages and coordinate strategies for more effective participation in the national, regional and global intergovernmental processes on sustainable development…more

Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies

28/03/2018 – 30/03/2018, Bangkok, Thailand

Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development will engage member States, United Nations bodies, other international organizations, major groups and other stakeholders in highlighting regional and subregional perspectives on the theme of the high-level political forum in 2018, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”…more

Commission on Population and Development, 51st session

09/04/2018 – 13/04/2018, New York, USA

The 51st Commission on Population and Development will take place at the UN Headquarters, with the theme of: Sustainable cities, human mobility, and international migration. The Commission is to assist the Economic and Social Council by: Arranging for studies and advising the Council; monitoring, reviewing and assessing the implementation of the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development at the national, regional and global levels, identifying reasons for success and failure, and advising the Council thereon; providing appropriate recommendations to the Council on the basis of an integrated consideration of the reports and issues related to the implementation of the Program of Action…more

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development – 2018

16/04/2018 – 20/04/2018, Santiago, Chile

At the thirty-sixth session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), held in Mexico City from 23 to 27 May 2016, the member States adopted resolution 700 (XXXVI), Mexico Resolution, which established the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development as a regional mechanism to follow up and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, its means of implementation, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. The second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place in Santiago, from 18 to 20 April 2018…more

GIS for a Sustainable World

17/04/2018 – 19/04/2018, Geneva, Switzerland

Co-hosted by Esri and UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), this year’s conference features an engaging, interactive environment that drives collaboration with your peers. You’ll learn how other GIS users are enjoying improved workflows and efficiencies, and learn how big data and real-time data analytics can unlock the full potential of your data. Go in-depth on new, innovative solutions like virtual and augmented reality apps, with an agenda full of immersive technical workshops, interactive discussion groups, and engaging breakout sessions…more