The second United Nations World Data Forum launched a Dubai Declaration to increase financing for better data and statistics for sustainable development. Dubai Declaration includes detailed measures to boost funding for data and statistical analysis for monitoring and speeding up progress towards the 2030 SDGs. It aimed towards mobilising domestic and international funds and activating more effective data partnerships. It acknowledged that in the 2030 agenda Member States committed to “promote transparent and accountable public-private cooperation to exploit the contribution to be made by a wide range of data, including earth observation and geospatial information, while ensuring national ownership in supporting and tracking progress”.
I have some good news and some bad news regarding the climate emergency. I will start with the good news. The world, as a small number of people have been saying lately, will not end in 11 years. The bad news however is that around the year 2030, if we continue with business as usual, we will likely be in a position where we may pass a number of tipping points. And then we might no longer be able to undo the irreversible climate breakdown. A lot of people, a lot of politicians, business leaders, journalists say they don't agree with what we are saying. They say we children are exaggerating, that we are alarmists. To answer this I would like to refer to page 108, chapter 2 in the latest IPCC report...
What is the most important thing in the world, on the planet? The most important thing is to preserve it, save nature and survive ourselves, in order to continue development. The world has become very compact, close-knit and comfortable. It is also very toxic, sometimes poisoned. It has become extremely fragile; we are just one step away from self-destruction and the destruction of all living things. The name of today's universal danger threatening both the beggar and the king is global problems. Without exaggeration, we can say that they are all tied to one thing – a human, their behavior, conscience, and morality. Today, the achievements of scientific and technological progress are such that all the technological, material and financial aspects of global problems can be solved.