Enrico Giovannini, professor at University of Rome Tor Vergata, gives the keynote speech at “Navigating the Data Revolution: New Partnerships and Pathways Towards a World that Counts,” June 15, 2017 at Casa Italiana, Columbia University.
“Navigating the Data Revolution: New Partnerships and Pathways Towards a World that Counts” was the topic of an evening event June 15 at Casa Italiana, co-sponsored by the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. Enrico Giovannini, professor at University of Rome Tor Vergata, gave a keynote speech, highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing the development data community since the 2014 publication of the influential report, A World That Counts, produced by the UN Secretary-General′s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. Giovannini′s presentation was followed by a panel discussion on the need for new data partnerships and pathways, moderated by Shaida Badiee, managing director of Open Data Watch. Panelists were Laveesh Bhandari of the Indicus Foundation, CIESIN director Robert Chen, Chukwudozie Ezigbalike of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and Jenna Slotin of the Global Partnership. The event was held in conjunction with the June 15–16 meeting of the SDSN′s Thematic Network on Data for Sustainable Development, which is co-chaired by Giovannini, Badiee, and Chen. Giovannini also chaired the 2014 group, which included Badiee and Chen as members.