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Satellites give insight on coronavirus, other diseases

With COVID-19, an on-going global concern, satellite imagery can play a powerful role in tracking where we are and how we’re responding to “restrictions on movement” due to the coronavirus.

That’s according to Robert Chen, co-chair of the Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics, known as TReNDS, who was at UN Headquarters this week to discuss his initiative, which is part of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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Better data can help fight hunger, advance development: FAO

Better data can help in the fight against hunger and bring about sustainable development, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Chief Statistician, Pietro Gennari, said on the margins of a meeting organized by the UN Statistical Commission (UNSD).

The UNSD sets international standards for statistics in order for countries to share data and compare experiences.

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Data revolution benefiting humanitarian aid delivery

Well-managed data can support efforts to deliver aid to millions of people affected by natural and man-made catastrophes, according to the head of the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA.

Stephen O’Brien said because data can “make facts our friends,” it supports the decision making process and also shields aid workers from being viewed as being partial to any particular side in a crisis.

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Women living longer but still face serious challenges worldwide

Women around the world are living longer than ever, but still face formidable challenges when it comes to issues of equality.

That’s just one of the findings of a new report on the lives of women released by the United Nations on Tuesday.

The “World’s Women 2015” report takes a comprehensive view of the state of women’s affairs globally, based on data and statistics gathered from all around the world.