People today produce a huge amount of data. As we go about our daily lives, we use electronic devices, purchase goods, communicate with each other and consume content, all generating a growing ocean of data. This data, when aggregated and anonymized to protect privacy, is an up-to-date footprint of our collective behavior and choices. It can tell us how, where, and why people take specific actions in the face of a rapidly changing world.
UN Global Pulse invited data scientists, researchers, and innovators to dive into this treasure trove of information, and help address one of the biggest challenges facing us today — climate change.
This Challenge gave selected individuals and teams unprecedented access to national, regional, and global datasets from companies — anonymized to protect privacy — as well as robust analytical tools.
Data for Climate Action was enabled by “data philanthropy,” a global movement whereby companies share their data for the public good.
The Challenge was organized around three major themes, which align with climate action and global development priorities.
Agriculture & Food Security
No Poverty (SDG #1)
Good Health & Wellbeing (SDG #3)
Reduced Inequalities (SDG #10)
Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals.