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International Co-design Workshop on Earth Observation in support of the Sustainable Development Goals – The case of urban areas in Asia

The University of Tokyo Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the ICSU World Data System, and Future Earth co-host a workshop on Earth Observation in support of the Sustainable Development Goals – The case of urban areas in Asia, at the Science Council of Japan from 16th to 18th January, 2017.

In 2015, the UN General Assembly formally accepted a new set of 17 measurable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from ending world poverty to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls by 2030. These goals are to supersede the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight measurable goals which came to the end of their implementation in 2015.

To achieve the SDGs, geospatial information and Earth observations – collected at local, national and global levels, and supported by the best science, tools and technologies – can serve critical, insightful roles in monitoring targets, tracking progress, and helping nations make mid-course corrections. Space based and in-situ data and information, combined with a large amount of socio-economic and statistical data, will assist nations to analyze and model conditions, create maps, and monitor change over time in a consistent and unique standard manner.

The workshop will address the integration of Earth Observations (satellite and in-situ data) with socio-economic data to derive information (indicators) for decision makers in support of the SDGs. Two major topics have been selected: 1) Making urban areas more resilient in face of Extreme Environmental Effects in Southeast Asia; 2) Assessing the challenges of urban air pollution in Asia.

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When 09:00 AM, 16 Jan 2017–06:00 PM, 18 Jan 2017
Where Science Council of Japan, Tokyo
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