The United Nations Global Pulse initiative announced a partnership with Twitter that will provide the UN with access to the platform’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by world leaders last year.
UN Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that harnesses data science and analytics for sustainable development and humanitarian action.
The initiative was launched in 2009 based on a recognition that digital data offers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of changes in human well-being, and to get real-time feedback on how well policy responses are working.
It tracks development progress and emerging vulnerabilities in real time by tapping into Big Data – the enormous volumes of records that are automatically created by people’s every interaction with the digital world.
SDGs also known as the Global Goals, the SDGs – comprising a set of 17 Goals – are a bold new agenda aimed at eradicating poverty and tackling the world’s most pressing challenges by 2030.
UN Global Pulse highlighted that every day, people around the world send hundreds of millions of Tweets in dozens of languages.
Twitter’s global platform for self-expression and live conversation is available in more than 40 languages globally.