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Data Revolution - Opportunities and challenges for technology transfer to Least Developed Countries

Tuesday, 7 June 2016 -
6:15pm to 7:30pm

Location: Conference Room 1 (CR-1, UNHQ, New York)

The Sustainable Development Goals represent a unique opportunity for the world to work together on 17 critical measures that embody the collective aspirations of the world’s citizens.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development identified technology and data as key means of implementation. As stressed by the Secretary-General “undoubtedly, ICT has a catalytic role in meeting global challenges, driving economic growth, social progress and sustainable development. Innovative ICT will play a critical role in achieving the 17 Sustainable goals”.

High quality, accessible, timely, reliable and disaggregated data is also essential for evidence-based decision making as well as effective monitoring and follow-up of the implementation of the SDGs. Therefore building capacity in governments to use data for decision-making and policymaking is an essential pillar for the achievement of the SDGs.

This event aims to inform governments and civil society about the availability of tools and capacity-building opportunities relating to data analytics and visualization to pursue the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

At the event, participants will obtain information on selected services and tools available to LDCs provided by the private sector, academia and UN entities.


  1. Opening remarks
  2. Data Analytics and Visualization tools
  3. Opensource tools for Modelling and Data Visualization for Sustainable Development
  4. Crowdsourcing and Mobilizing Opensource communities for Sustainable Development


  • H.E. Mr. Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, Republic of Kenya (TBC)
  • H.E. Per Thöresson, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the United Nations
  • Ms. Atefeh Riazi, Assistant Secretary-General, Office of Information & Communications Technology
  • Mr. Richard Alexander Roehrl, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • Mr. Mark Howells, Director, Division of Energy Systems Analysis (KTH-DESA), Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Mr. Lars Björk, Chief Executive Officer, Qlik