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Global Pulse at the 73 Session of the UN General Assembly

Felicia Vacarelu, Communications Specialist, UN Global Pulse
Sep 18, 2018

Diplomats from around the world will convene in New York for the annual UN General Assembly that starts on 18 September. Here are some of the events related to big data, technology and innovation that UN Global Pulse is involved in.

Harnessing Innovation for Economic Stability

Thursday 20 September, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

In a world of increased economic, social and environmental volatility, economic stability is growing in importance and innovators are responding. Global Pulse is joining a distinguished panel of experts for a lively discussion on how innovations are impacting economic development, organized by FHI 360 and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The panel includes innovators profiled in the Atlas of Innovation for Economic Stability report, business leaders and global development specialists working to incubate and increase economic stability.

RSVP here.

Developing Big Data Ambassadors for the SDGs

Saturday 22 September, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Global Pulse is organizing a session with representatives from the film industry, entrepreneurs, and young influencers who want to contribute their skills and knowledge to achieving the SDGs with data and innovation.

Participants will learn about the work of the UN in developing applications that use new sources of data and analytics to help improve livelihoods and save lives, and will ideate on how they can engage with the system to ensure that when data can be used responsibly for the public good, it is.

Invite-only event.

Future on a plate: Tech and the End of Hunger

Monday 24 September - Friday 28 September

The World Food Programme, UN Global Pulse and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data are hosting an interactive exhibit at the U.N. General Assembly showcasing how new sources of data and technologies are improving humanitarian aid.

The exhibit will be open from 24 to 28 September in the 46th Street entrance foyer to all visitors coming to the UN.

The exhibit will use virtual reality, “augmented reality” and other audio-visual platforms to illustrate ways the United Nations is improving humanitarian response. Examples featured include blockchain, digital cash, biometrics, drones, satellite imagery and data surveys by mobile phone. 

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Data to End Hunger

Monday 24 September, 6:30pm - 8:15 pm

A high-level side event to help align country visions and donor commitments to deliver SDG 2 and grow enough food to feed the world.

The event is jointly organized by the Government of Kenya, the Government of Ghana, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

RSVP here.

Big Data for Better Lives: Mobiles, Statistics & insights

Tuesday 25 September, 7:00am - 9:00am

This breakfast event will highlight the transformative nature of the 2030 Agenda and the necessity to maximize technology, innovation and big data to ensure that all people thrive in an environment that respects and protects the right to privacy.

Global Pulse is joining speakers from UN agencies, telecoms, and Governments for discussions that will address collaboration through responsible and efficient innovation, and how we can build sustainable models and policy frameworks to maximize data for development.

The event is hosted by the the GSMA, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, United Nations Children’s Fund, World Food Programme and the Government of Norway.

RSVP here.

Accelerating SDGs Through Digital Innovation

Wednesday 26 September, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

UN Global Pulse, UNDP, and Microsoft are hosting an evening reception on the margins of the UN General Assembly to showcase the power of technology for public good. The reception aims to spur ideation between and among innovators with discussions and real-world examples of data, technology and innovation.

Global thought leaders will share opportunities and challenges that new data sources and technologies offer in a short panel discussion. Guests will interact with innovators in breakout sessions to learn about and to brainstorm how to develop, scale and operationalize solutions for the SDGs.

RSVP here (space is limited).