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Helpers in the Sustainable World Community

It’s easy to be discouraged these days. Every day, critical habitats are fragmented, communities are shattered by conflict, and essential natural resources are squandered. But remember what Mr. Rodgers said about bleak world news: “Look at the helpers.” Helpers are everywhere—especially in the Sustainable World Community (SWC). That community works tirelessly to fix the 17 major problems that threaten global sustainability.

In 2015, members of the United Nations (UN) committed to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity by agreeing to a ratified list of objectives called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs include specific targets that can easily be hit within the next 15 years with the coordination of the SWC.

From Tuesday through Thursday at the 2017 Esri UC, members of the community will show exactly what they’re doing in the Sustainable World Community showcase. The showcase is an opportunity to prove that geospatial science is helping. We’re deeply committed to supporting organizations that use GIS as the launching point to fulfill the UN’s mission.

Despite their diversity, all 36 members of the SWC share a common goal to meet the challenges inherent in the SDGs. But because the Sustainable World Community consists of a wide spectrum of organizations that work across multiple topics, it’s good to know who does what for which goal. Goal 1, No Poverty, for instance, includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Participants working on goal 2, No Hunger include Catholic Relief Services and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research. Organizations working toward goal 16, Peace and Justice Strong Institutions include Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining and Halo Trust. Of special importance are the organizations that provide subject matter expertise and guidance across many partner organizations. The organizations working on goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals include Development Gateway, International Joint Commission of the US and Canada, National Geographic Society, National Tribal Geospatial Support Center, Org Hunter, and URISA GISCorps.

Please join us at the Sustainable World Community Showcase during the Esri User Conference to see how our customers radiate help across the globe. Visit the Esri demonstration tower to meet the helpers and see The Science of Where in action.

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The Science of Where for Sustainable Development Webinar Series

GIS integrates everything. In three words, this is what Clint Brown, Esri’s Director of Product Engineering, more eloquently explained in his article earlier this year where he outlined the value of using GIS as the platform to fulfill the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It provides a universal language that scientists, statisticians, policy makers, corporations, and citizens can all use and understand. This common framework is essential in order to address the many complex and interrelated challenges the world faces as they will require unprecedented cooperation across our global communities.

In order to elaborate on how GIS technology’s ability to integrate everything can be used to better understand, organize, and communicate information to maximize the impact of Sustainable Development efforts, we are presenting a webinar series outlining how you can apply the Science of Where to this work.

We will kick things off on June 29th with the first webinar focusing on “GIS Solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals”. Through real world examples, this webinar will provide an overview of how GIS can help plan effective programs that target the areas most in need, monitor and evaluate the performance of those resources and investments to maximize impact, and strengthen partnerships and collaboration with partners, beneficiaries, and stakeholders.

The remaining webinars in the series will dig deeper into each of these topics:

“Planning Effective Programs — Planning and Prioritizing Sustainable Development Investment/Activities” will present technologies and methodologies that can help focus activities for greater effect by optimizing staff and budgetary resources.

“Measuring Your Impact — Monitoring & Evaluation for Sustainable Development Programs” will look at ways to collect and analyze results data in order justify spending resources, secure future funding, and iterate and improve the way we operate.

Finally, “Strengthening Partnerships — Engaging Stakeholders and Beneficiaries” will explore the ways GIS tools and apps can help you increase your effectiveness in connecting with stakeholders.

In addition to showing off the latest technology, we have lined up a list of guest speakers who will be sharing their own stories of successes and lessons learned.

If you’d like more information visit our landing page for more information or better yet, register now to get the latest information regarding event times and guest speakers.

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Esri Attends UN World Data Forum to Advocate Geospatial And Statistical Data Integration

(L-R) Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General, UNDESA; Macharia Kamau, Special Envoy for the President of the UNGA, on behalf of UNGA President Peter Thomson; Michael Gerber, Ambassador and Special Envoy for Global Sustainable Development, Swiss Federal Council; Jacob Mamabolo, Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa; Ning Jizhe, Commissioner, National Bureau of Statistics, China; and Clint Brown, Esri

Esri participated in the first UN World Data Forum , which took place January, 15–18, 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. This forum convened to explore innovative ways to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is a plan of action agreement among heads of state and government. Esri joined data statistics experts from government, national statistical offices, the private sector, academia, civil society, and international organizations to discuss interactive platforms that improve the use of data for sustainable development.

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