The "Harnessing the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development" workshop took place on the 15th of July and aimed to address and close data gaps in official statistical systems to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event was organized by ONE Campaign together with the governments from the US and Mexico as well as the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. It brought together actors from governments, research institutions and the private sector. The underlying idea was that adequate and open social data, like i.e. birthes or the need for school places, doctors etc. are crucial for controlling and delivering sustainable development. 29 organizations, including governments, international organizations, non governmental organizations and private companies made concrete committments to address this data gap. These committments focus on strenghening data infrastructures, capacity development, the development of new approaches to better use civil data including programming data and citizen-generated data, building new partnerships/ working groups and on financially supporting already existing initiatives and statistical systems.
If you are also interested in the e-forum on “Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies” from the 7th until the 18th of September 2015, that is organized by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, you can find more information here. If you are interested to participate in this online event, use the form at
If you have any questions, please contact us at AIMS@fao.org.