Sustainable Development Goals

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AODC 2016 Focus on SDG’s

In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. We each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals of a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world.  In this event, we are focusing on the role of open data in advancing three of the Global Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender inequalities are still deeply rooted in every society. Many women lack access to employment opportunities, basic education, and health care, and are often subjected to violence and discrimination. The math is simple: in countries where there’s higher gender equality, there’s less poverty, more economic growth, and a higher standard of living. Investing in women-run businesses produces the greatest return for growth and stability in other sectors within local communities and banking institutions are repaid loans in full at an average 97% far higher than the mean.  Let’s improve opportunities for everyone by dismantling barriers to women’s participation in economic, social and political life.

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The world’s industrialised nations have changed the balance of the earth’s carbon cycle over the last 150 years by burning large amounts of fossil fuels. Climate change has the potential to derail other efforts toward sustainable development by altering weather patterns that threaten our food production and increasing sea levels which will displace coastal communities. Extreme weather threatens livelihoods and lives of people across the globe and across the continent Africa is undergoing a severe water crisis.  We need to increase awareness of the causes of and grow solutions that combat and adapt to climate crisis for individuals and world leaders before it is too late.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

In the age of global connectivity, the ability to grow industry and improve livelihoods is dependent on the quality, accuracy, and speed of information.  Open government institutions working with well-trained storytellers and journalists can improve the dissemination of knowledge needed to spur innovation and growth from advancements in public transportation and road infrastructure to ensuring city and rural health centers are well stocked with supplies.  The rise of “infomediaries” ensures that the needs of people and clients are well understood and shared and that services that industry and government provide are reaching the intended destination.  Using improved data can greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of governments and supports stronger institutions that serve us all.