The Data for the Environment Alliance (DEAL)
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High Level Expert Group on Big Data for the Planet, 11-13 September 2023, Vienna *Towards A Big Data Revolution for the Planet*

First expert group meeting where participants will scope an integrated, tech-empowered cross-sectoral approach to data optimization, governance and access to meet multilateral environmental goals and advancing green-digital transition. This work is designed to provide valuable insights and help support ongoing UN processes. The format of the meeting is highly interactive and expert group members will be expected to provide their perspective, expert views and use cases. Recommendations from the expert group meeting, plenaries and breakout sessions will be compiled in a technical report and shared with high-level decision makers across the UN and the UN Environment assembly. More than 150
participants all over the world from governments, European Union institutions, space agencies, technology companies, UN entities.

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About the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment

Launched at the UN Environment Assembly in December 2017, the UN Science- Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (UN-SPBF) is the United Nations’ fastest-growing inter-agency, multi-sector convening platform on the environment.
The Forum builds on the power of partnership to scale up solutions and grow green technology markets, ones that are driven by advances in science and technology, empowering policies, and innovative financing. The Forum organizes issues-based
consultations, roundtables, thematic conferences, and in-depth negotiations between top scientists, policy makers, citizen science groups, and the business sector. Since its launch, the Forum has grown into a dynamic interface of over 3,500 contributors and partner institutions — representing the worlds of business, science and policy — who are committed to this vision. It provides a unique platform for multiple sectors to work together to help shape a sustainable and equitable future for all.

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The Data for the Environment Alliance (DEAL) was first launched on November 2nd 2021 at the COP26 in Glasgow and officially launched on 4th of March 2022 at UNEA-5 in Nairobi as a Member State led initiative. DEAL aims at empowering the delivery of the environmental dimension of the 2030 by making high quality
environmental data, big data and exponential technologies accessible and efficiently utilized by member states, society, and the industry. It is facilitated and supported by the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (UNSPBF).

DEAL community includes:

  • Earth observation centres / space agencies
  • Research centres and labs / Think Tanks / Data analytics centres
  • Big Tech and industry partners
  • Investment partners
  • Member States
  • Forecasting specialists from industry and finance with focus on environment and development
  • UN entities: UNEP /UNOOSA / UN statistical office / UNEP statistics and SDGs office / GEO / UN Geospatial Network / InforMEA
  • Citizen science representatives
Additional info

DEAL Outlook for 2023-2026
Developing every two years synthesis reports on the status of the World Environmental Data Governance
Sharing best practices and building capacity on data collection, analysis and exchange
High Level expert group contributing to global environmental data governance, through:

  • Contributing expertise to the UN Global Environmental Data Strategy process
  • Raising ambition on quality data-based decision making across the sectors
  • Introducing measures for improving global environmental monitoring, data transparency and accountability
  • Mapping data governance gaps and opportunities
  • Advocating frontier technologies
  • Unlocking the scalability of space technology for environment
  • Introducing transparency measures for the value chains
Profile visits

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Kätlin Weinzierl

Advisor in Ministry of Climate of Estonia

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Ado Lõhmus

Senior Advisor to UN-SPBF

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