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December 2017

UN Environment Science Policy Business Forum

December 2, 2017 @ 08:00 - 17:00 +04
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UN Environment Assembly 3

December 4, 2017 @ 08:00 - December 6, 2017 @ 17:00 +04
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American Geophysical Union – Fall Meeting

December 30, 2017 @ 08:00 - January 3, 2018 @ 17:00 +04
New Orleans, New Orleans, United States + Google Map
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April 2018

Open Data in a Closing World – Introducing Resource Watch, Washington D.C., USA

April 11, 2018 @ 08:00 - 12:30 UTC-4

About the Event
The event features keynote speeches by Dr. Mae Jemison (Former Astronaut) and Gina McCarthy (former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) and speakers representing government, technology, science and media. Full agenda below.

We are living in an unprecedented moment where views are increasingly polarized, false information is spread at alarming speeds, and facts are being undermined. Trust in our institutions is eroding, and the decision-makers charged with ensuring our well-being often cannot access the data they need. Policymakers, business leaders and analysts need high-quality, trusted and easily accessible data to make informed decisions about the environment and human development.

That's why we are launching Resource Watch, a new dynamic platform that provides trusted and timely data for a sustainable future. Resource Watch, developed by World Resources Institute and over 30 partners, harnesses the data revolution to create unprecedented transparency on the pulse of the planet.

Join us to learn more about this new platform and other efforts, including by National Geographic Labs, that support science and exploration with breakthrough data and technology.

The event will be livestreamed here.

8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM
Joint Welcome
National Geographic Society and World Resources Institute

Keynote: Open Data in a Closing World
Gina McCarthy; Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

Introducing Resource Watch: Monitoring the Planet’s Pulse
Janet Ranganathan, Vice President of Science & Research, World Resources Institute

Lightning Talk: The Power of Data
Rebecca Moore, Director, Google Earth, Earth Engine & Earth Outreach, Google

Armchair Discussion: Tech for a Sustainable Future
Christa Hasenkopf, CEO and Co-Founder, OpenAQ

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society

Saleem Van Groenou, Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach, Google

Steven Brumby, Co-Founder and Chief Science Advisor, Descartes Labs

Viviana Zalles, PhD Student, University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences

Moderator: Andy Revkin, Strategic Adviser for Science and Environmental Journalism, National Geographic Society

Coffee Break
11:00 AM
Introduction to second session
Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society

Keynote: Radical Leaps
Dr. Mae Jemison, Former Astronaut; Engineer; Physician; Lead 100 Year Starship; Founder and President, The Jemison Group; Founder The Earth We Share; Member National Academy of Medicine, National Women’s Hall of Fame and International Space Hall of Fame.

Lightning Talk: The Water-Security Nexus
Henne Schuwer, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States

Armchair Discussion: Narratives in the Numbers
Maggie Koerth-Baker, Senior Science Writer, Five-Thirty-Eight

Emily Holden, Climate Change and Energy Reporter, Politico

Leslie Shapiro, Graphics Reporter, The Washington Post

Kennedy Elliott, Graphics Editor, National Geographic

Moderator: Lawrence MacDonald, Vice President of Communications, World Resources Institute

Closing: The Future of Radical Transparency
Craig Hanson, Global Director, Food, Forests, and Water, World Resources Institute

12:30 PM
Light Lunch and Resource Watch Interactive Demonstrations

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2018 GIS for a Sustainable World, Geneva, Switzerland

April 17, 2018 @ 08:00 - April 19, 2018 @ 17:00 +04

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls upon us all to take on the global issues outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Hosted at Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, and co-organized by UNITAR-UNOSAT and Esri, the GIS for a Sustainable World Conference is the place to discover how intelligent maps and apps can accelerate your work to achieve the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

This year’s conference features an engaging, interactive environment that drives collaboration with your peers – and focuses on applying GIS to: people, planet, prosperity, and peace. There will be sessions with topics of interest to management, technical workshops, and a new track engaging the private sector in using GIS for sustainability. Join us for an inspiring Opening session followed by peer-to-peer exchanges, lightning sessions, and networking events—all created to empower your organization to achieve your goals. With an agenda full of immersive sessions and social networking with other professionals in the sustainable development community, and opportunities to explore technology by ‘doing’, this is an event unlike any other.

Start leveraging powerful GIS technology in new ways to build a better world—by helping to end poverty, inequality, climate change, improving health and more.

Meet. Map. Make a difference.

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