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Updated On: Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Humanitarian Data Center Opens

Content by: South-South News

27 December 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened on December 22 the Center for Humanitarian Data in The Hague which aims to significantly boost real-time exchange and use of data to better respond to humanitarian crises worldwide.

The Centre will feature data experts and humanitarians working together to process and visualize data to rapidly gain insight into the needs of affected people and the response by humanitarian partners. Guterres said the Center is a signpost to the future which will “help humanitarians to make informed and responsible decisions to meet people’s most urgent needs.”

The UN chief said the Data Center will focus on three key areas: building data-sharing networks that connect academics, technology companies, data specialists and humanitarian organizations; helping humanitarian staff improve their data skills and tools; and developing and promoting policies to ensure that all this data is used responsibly, and that sensitive data is protected.

“The promise of minimizing extra work by maximizing the value of shared information will find favor with our hardworking staff on the front lines,” Guterres said, “Faster data leads to better decisions and to better outcomes. It also makes it easier to measure and monitor progress; which in turn will help aid agencies to analyze their effectiveness, improve their performance and be accountable for their results.”

Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Sigrid Kaag welcomed the opening of the Centre. She said, “Technology is at our fingertips, literally and figuratively, and it is our duty and responsibility to share it, to use it, to change and save lives, but to transform lives in a way that was here thereto impossible.”

he Center is established and managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and is supported by the Government of the Netherlands. It is part of The Hague Humanity Hub, an open, collaborative work environment established by the city.


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