Building climate and disaster resilience through open data and innovation

Type: Meeting or Conference

Organizer: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR); World Bank, the (WB)

Date: 20-21 Mar 2014

Location: United States of America (Washington D.C.)

Venue: World Bank

This two-day workshop will bring together key leaders from business, government, international development, academia and civil society to explore how we can work together to scale up efforts to build more resilient communities, cities and countries through open, easily accessible data and innovation. The event will build on existing programs, including the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and World Bank’s Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) and the White House’s Climate Data Initiative. It will also mark the start of a process that will run throughout the year, leveraging upcoming events, including the 2014 Understanding Risk Forum to take place in London from June 30 – July 4. The two-day event will commence on Thursday, March 20 at 8:00 a.m. and conclude on Friday In order to build resilient societies, policy-makers, the public and the private sector must have access to the right data and information to inform good decisions; decisions such how to build safer schools, protect farmers against drought, sustainably manage forests, and protect coastal cities against future climate impacts. Sharing data and creating open systems promotes transparency, accountability, and provides the foundation for a wide range of actors to participate in the challenge of building resilience. Over the past several years there has been an increasing effort to leverage open data and innovation to build climate and disaster resilience. The World Bank and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery’s (GFDRR) Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) has opened more than 1,000 datasets, promoted crowdsourcing initiatives, and developed platforms and tools that are being used in over 25 countries around the world over the past three years. This is complemented by global initiatives, such as the Understanding Risk Community and biennial forums and the Code for Resilience event series .These efforts are complemented by many other actors in the public, private, and non-government sector. There is a global imperative for better data and information for individual, community, city and government decisions on resilience, and now is the time to bring together global stakeholders to build a common vision and to discuss the challenges and opportunities. By building partnerships and making commitments to jointly create and open data, we can scale our efforts and support greater resilience. Join us to launch a process that will convene the key stakeholders that will steward the advancement of this emerging ecosystem. This workshop is consistent in-line with the White House’s forthcoming launch of a Climate Data Initiative on the 19th of March, a component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

Objectives of the Workshop:

  1. 1. Understand the Open Data and Innovation Climate and Disaster Ecosystem, and specifically the challenges and opportunities for collaboration
  2. 2. Establish a common vision for key global stakeholders -Establish a broad partnership to:
  • – align existing initiatives towards the common vision
  • – leverage and accelerate partner impacts
  • – create new programs and initiatives to meet priority needs


Registration is by invitation only

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