2015 will mark a turning point for economic development, poverty eradication and the protection of the planet. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a new global climate change agreement will likely be enacted by the end of the year, ushering in a new era of sustainable development.
With the post-2015 development agenda firmly positioning sustainability at the fore of global priorities this year and beyond, Eye on Earth 2015 will seek to foster a culture of collaboration through a network committed to achieving scalable impact for a sustainable future. The Summit will cast a spotlight on the role governments, technology, the scientific community and citizen participation play in enhancing access to quality data about the state of the world’s resources.
The three-day Summit will feature more than 100 speakers across 30 sessions to explore the crucial role of data and information in creating a healthier planet. The Summit will examine:
Data Demand: Including data acquisition and management, how data can be communicated and visualized for optimal use, and current data requirements, challenges and solutions.
Data Supply: Including the availability of and access to environmental, social and economic data, innovations in knowledge sharing and open-access data, and the importance of crowd sourcing and citizen science for information gathering; and
Enabling Conditions: Including the necessary legal, financial and technological infrastructures and capabilities required to facilitate better availability of, access to and sharing of data.