What we need is a ‘data revolution’ – a fundamental change in the depth and use of knowledge about the most marginalised people in the world, and in their ability to use this knowledge to affect transformative change. The Cartagena Data Festival will bring together the people and organisations best equipped to make this happen.
What additional data is needed? How can this be collected? How are data used to make policy? How can people use data to hold governments to account? How can more and better data help to produce long-term, sustainable progress?
This three-day event, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alongside other partners, will gather together policy makers, civil society organisations, technical innovators, academics and data activists to discuss and debate these questions. The festival takes place in the year before new global sustainable development goals take effect. There is no better time to start shaping innovations and building the relationships to implement and monitor these new goals – with better data at the heart.
The festival is hosted by ODI in conjunction with UNDP, UNFPA, CEPEI, PARIS21 and Data-Pop Alliance with the aim of providing an interactive information exchange for those who produce, analyse and use data. Up to 300 participants from across the globe will meet in Cartagena, Colombia, to come up with concrete solutions and practical tools.
The event will engage a variety of audiences, and different tracks focused on: accountability and citizen engagement, big data and new technologies, communicating and visualising data, emerging areas of measurement, official and national statistics and a technical data dive. These will run in parallel during the festival, with specialised partner organisations invited to develop the programmes for each track. View the agenda to see more and for information about how to get involved.
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ALNAP’s next urban webinar focuses on labour and livelihoods in urban response and specifically on the ILO’s experiences in recent urban humanitarian crises.
And how can we best learn how to mitigate the related hazards and capitalize on the related opportunities?
To learn more about what these Supersites are and how they function, check out the paper posted at:
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70100/70102/publications/ There you will also find a link to the related publication: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges, a cooperative publication of IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 and the EU-funded COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action FP0903 MAFor (Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment), suggests a network of Supersites to achieve those aims. And, read our latest Spotlight entitled "Supersites for Superior Forest Science" at: http://www.iufro.org/media/iufro-spotlights/.
With a focus on climate change, this year's International Day of Forests aimed to highlight how sustaining healthy forests and tackling climate change go hand in hand. A related UN press release published statements by UN officials and forest experts, including IUFRO President Mike Wingfield. He said the many uncertainties associated with climate change require a robust understanding of appropriate forest strategies. "Global collaboration in forest research plays a key role in improving knowledge that will underpin effective measures for adaptation and mitigation."
This issue also includes a call for papers by the IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE) on the theme "Shifting global development discourses: Implications for forests and livelihoods" to be published in a special issue of International Forestry Review.
The case study on "Potentials to Mitigate Climate Change Using Biochar: Turkey’s Perspective" has been added to IUFRO Occasional Paper 27. Furthermore, all IUFRO Research Letters have now been compiled in a new IUFRO Occasional Paper 28. To read the full text please choose among the PDF and Word options:
IUFRO News 3, 2015 (PDF)
IUFRO News 3, 2015 (Word document)