GEO4SDGs: RELEVANCE TO THE DIGITAL AGE

4-5 May 2023

BACKGROUND

It has been a long time since the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 first came up. In 2015, the United Nations along with its member states embraced it. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 associated targets have been decided to strike a balance and integrate the three core dimensions of sustainable development namely, social, economic and environmental. The 2030 Agenda’s integrated approach to global problems ushered in a new era in thinking about sustainable development, including requirement of innovative approaches to collect and integrate data as the basis for evidence-based decision making. Importantly, the 2030 Agenda recognised the need for “high quality, timely, reliable and disaggregated data, including earth observations and geospatial information” to address development challenges.

Geospatial and location based information is increasingly becoming a key part of this pervasive digital world of transformation and innovation trends, changing many business practices, providing new technological applications and bringing about a data revolution that is having a positive influence on social and economic systems. Continuous innovations in technologies such as UAVs, sensors, satellites, big data, etc. are further enabling the use of geospatial not only towards achieving the agenda, but more crucially in measuring, monitoring and reporting the progress as well.

Objectives

  • Deliberate on using geo-information to accelerate Agenda 2030 and bridge the gap between the geospatial community, the policy makers and the pursuers of the sustainable development goals.
  • Platform for sharing knowledge on innovations and integration of geospatial data to achieve the sustainable development agenda in a holistic manner.
  • Enable collaboration among government agencies, commercial sectors, multilateral and international development organizations and the civil society.
2-DAY SYMPOSIUM ON

GEO4SDGs: RELEVANCE TO THE DIGITAL AGE AT GWF 2023

Geospatial World Forum 2023 shall host a two-day program on Geo4SDGs for stakeholders to discuss the integration of geospatial data into the sustainable development agenda in a holistic manner.

Topics to be covered

Role of Geospatial tools and techniques in monitoring SDGs.
Geospatial contribution in evaluating impacts, monitor progress and improve accountability in natural resource management.
Emerging geospatial digital ecosystem based on allied technologies for climate change monitoring and modelling.
Climate change information systems and their impacts.
Location based integrated data approach to support energy efficiency policies.
Role of geospatial technologies and allied technologies in swift transmission from non-renewable to renewable source of energy.
Role of geospatial technologies and allied technologies together in improving food security.
Advancement in sustainable agriculture practices.
Role of geospatial technologies and allied technologies together in public healthcare.
Geographical Information and Communication Technology (Geo ICT) for epidemic control.
Assessing the impact of Geospatial Information in planning for health.
Creating new directions in health for vulnerable populations.
Deadline: 30 November 2022

Agenda

0930 - 1100 Opening Session
Nathalie Girouard

Nathalie Girouard

IPAC Manager and Head of Division | OECD | France

Amy Coughenour Betancourt

Amy Coughenour Betancourt

CEO | CADASTA Foundation | USA

Boudewijn Van Silfhout

Boudewijn Van Silfhout

CEO | eLEAF | The Netherlands

Marie-Luise Abshagen

Marie-Luise Abshagen

Head of Sustainability Policies | German NGO Forum on Environment and Development | Germany

Andreas Littkopf

Andreas Littkopf

Manager - The European Topic Center Data integration and digitalization | European Environment Agency | Austria

Aster Denekew Yilma

Aster Denekew Yilma

Geographic Information Officer | United Nations Economic Commission for Africa | Ethiopia

1100 - 1300 Visit to Exhibition followed by Lunch
1300 - 1430 Climate & Energy
Andre Brosowski

Andre Brosowski

Chief Sustainability Officer | Jenabatteries GmbH | Germany

Shinichi Sobue

Shinichi Sobue

Deputy Chief Officer of Earth Observation Applications | Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) | Japan

Audun Abelsnes

Audun Abelsnes

Managing Director | Equinor Techstars Energy Accelerator | Norway

Taras Matselyukh

Taras Matselyukh

CEO and Founder | OPT / NET BV | The Netherlands

Javier Alexander Santos

Javier Alexander Santos

Business Development Manager | GeoSAT | Spain

1430 - 1530 Networking Break
1530 - 1700 Session by UNGGIM-Europe
Session by UNGGIM-Europe
0930 - 1100 Health & Well-being
Karen Van Ruiten

Karen Van Ruiten

Director | Institute for Positive Health | The Netherlands

Ingo Simonis

Ingo Simonis

Chief Technology Innovation officer | Open Geospatial Consortium | Germany

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

GIS Head | WHO | Switzerland

Henk Scholten

Henk Scholten

Director Innovation | Geodan | The Netherlands

Jay Etherton

Jay Etherton

Data Scientist / Epidermiologist | HSR.health | USA

1100 - 1230 Networking Break
1230 - 1400 Agriculture & Food Security
Kiruba Krishnaswamy

Kiruba Krishnaswamy

Professor (Sustainable Food Systems Engineering) | University of Missouri-Columbia | USA

Caroline Robinson

Caroline Robinson

Strategic Opportunities Manager | British Cartographic Society | UK

Adam Redhead

Adam Redhead

Program Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness | Andrew College | USA

TARGET SEGMENTS

  • Climate Change
  • Energy Transition
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Health & Well-being