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UNEPLive principles (video)

UNEPLive: A System-Wide Approach To Keeping The Environment Under Review

The need:

UNEPLive aims to support the growing demand for substantiated, contextualised knowledge about the environment, UNEP has developed richer sets of data and knowledge flows and communities of networks.

The aim:

UNEPLive[1] is a web-based platform to:

  • facilitate the exchange and sharing of up-to-date data, information, assessments and knowledge amongst member countries, research networks, communities of practice, indigenous peoples and society, in order to keep the environment and emerging issues under review.
  • provide open access to national and regional information and global datasets
  • provide a range of big-data, visualisation, mapping and publishing tools via local and cloud services
  • underpin UNEP's role as UNEA's information and knowledge service provider especially in the delivery of information and evidence to support the SDGs and post 2015 agenda

The means:

UNEPLive will provide a system-wide data-knowledge service, a consistent approach to community networking and knowledge synthesis, an Information Communications Technology governance strategy and a comprehensive data policy for external and internal use. It will achieve this by:

  • enlarging the knowledge base for global environmental policy through community networking
  • encouraging and supporting greater community networking;
  • embracing new developments in information and communication technologies and enhancing knowledge service delivery through improved translation and search functions; improving access to its information and knowledge services using distributed computing
  • widening the use of its services through clear strategies for governance and data use that reflects the general principles of streamlining, sharing and access
  • involving staff and experts from across UNEP, the MEAs and other UN organisations and national institutions, plus regional and global environmental change programmes and assessments.

[1] At the 27th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum Nairobi, (18-22 February 2013), UNEP was requested to implement the next phase of UNEPLive during the 2014-2015 biennium as an open platform in continued alignment with relevant environmental information systems designed for global, regional and national environmental assessment and data sharing; and to undertake and encourage capacity-building activities to ensure that developing countries and countries with economies in transition are able to work with UNEPLive and contribute to scientifically sound evidence-based environmental assessment processes.

Contact us:

Countries who would like UNEP to support development of Country Portals and experts who would like to contribute content to UNEPLive, please write to us at uneplive@unep.org
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