UNITAR Partners on Earth Observations, Stakeholder Engagement to Support SDG Implementation
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Through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme, UNITAR and Radiant.Earth have partnered to further explore Earth observations data innovations related to disaster management, global health, climate change, sustainable water management and cultural heritage.

The joint UNITAR-UN DESA e-learning course on ‘Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation and Review of the 2030 Agenda' aims to help strengthen government capacity to 'localize' the 2030 Agenda and prepare voluntary national reviews.

14 June 2017: To help realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has partnered with Radiant.Earth to undertake efforts to build capacity related to Earth observations data. UNITAR has also partnered with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) to strengthen stakeholder engagement in implementing the 2030 Agenda.

Through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), UNITAR and Radiant.Earth have partnered to further explore Earth observations data innovations related to disaster management, global health, climate change, sustainable water management and cultural heritage.

UNOSAT focuses on satellite imagery analysis and capacity development. Radiant.Earth aggregates the latest trends in image processing. The two organizations will collaborate to: build capacity in use of satellite imagery for disaster situations; ensure data and solutions are available to the development community; raise awareness regarding the benefits of Earth observations at the local level; and strengthen resiliency in vulnerable regions to address climate change, displacements and food security. [UNITAR Press Release on Earth Observation]

UNITAR and UN DESA will hold the second edition of their joint e-learning course on ‘Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation and Review of the 2030 Agenda.’

UNITAR is also continuing its partnership with UN DESA to hold the second edition of the joint UNITAR-UN DESA e-learning course on ‘Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement for the Implementation and Review of the 2030 Agenda,’ launched earlier in 2017 to help strengthen government capacity to ‘localize’ the 2030 Agenda and prepare voluntary national reviews (VNRs).

The course provides the opportunity for governments to engage with stakeholders as they prepare their initial VNRs in advance of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July 2017. It also aims to support the mainstreaming of the SDGs into national strategies and policies. The course includes a series of webinars that: provide a general overview of the HLPF and VNR process; address national stakeholder engagement processes; and enable participants to present stakeholder mapping and engagement strategies. UNITAR and UN DESA plan to hold a third edition of the course in October-November 2017. This course is part of the larger capacity building initiative ‘SD2015: Delivering on the Promise of the SDGs,’ which is being implemented by UN DESA with support from the European Commission (EC). [UNITAR Press Release on E-Learning Course]

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