Big Data and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Achieving the Development Goals in the Asia and the Pacific Region

14 Dec 2015 to 15 Dec 2015
Bangkok, Thailand

The Big Data and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development meeting will be held on 14 - 15 December 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Agenda 2030) puts forward 17 goals and 169 targets that are universal, integrated and indivisible and that address, in a balanced manner, the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. Innovative and sophisticated tools to complement existing evidence-based policy making methodologies are required to deliver on this transformative agenda. Advances in technological capabilities and exponential increases in the availability of real-time and varied data offer previously impossible access to information and knowledge, bringing with it opportunities as well as challenges for policy making.

The two days meeting will bring together practitioners at the forefront of Big Data research and practice to (1) develop a shared understanding on the challenges, opportunities and current state-of-play of Big Data for sustainable development policy; (2) determine areas of mutual interest as relates to Big Data and the Agenda 2030; and (3) identify creative-solutions and strategic directions for action using Big Data to support implementation, follow-up and review of the Agenda 2030.

The meeting will bring together experts working to initiate, pilot or promote the use of ‘Big Data’ for sustainable development policy development, implementation and assessment in the Asia and the Pacific region from government, civil society, private sector, academia or other entities. Main participants will include policy oriented experts with knowledge of data science, or data technology oriented experts with knowledge of sustainable development policy.