CODES Update October 2021





Artificial intelligence for environmental sustainability



Four steps strategy on accelerating environmental sustainability through digital technologies  



UN Biodiversity Lab  2.0 



Become a Digital Champion



Engage with the CODES community 





UNEP Digital Discovery session on the new air pollution monitoring platform on 19 October from 3 to 5 p.m. CEST


How can digital transformation act as a definitive driver of science to policy to action? Learn how the GEMS Air programme helps to scale up solutions and provides quality assured data to keep the world's air quality data under continuous review as well as to build capacity of partners develop knowledge and services across the science-policy-spheres. We will hear from partners such as Telcom provider (Safaricom), SailBriCooper,  IQAir and beneficiaries such as the Nairobi County Government.




ITU webinar on artificial intelligence (AI) for environmental sustainability  on  20 October from  2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. CEST 


Learn about the relationship between emerging technologies and environmental efficiency and how AI innovations and applications can help achieve a low carbon future. Subscribe and join the LinkedIn group.  




Watch the recording of the launch of the UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) 2.0 at the Nature for Life Hub on 4 October


Users can now access over 400 of the world’s best available global spatial data, create secure workspaces to incorporate national data alongside global data and now available in 5 languages. Read more here. Check out enhanced functionalities of UNBL 2.0. Watch the launch event here. View the exciting debate among UNEP, UNDP, Microsoft leaders on the Planetary Computer and UN Biodiversity Lab. 



Technology for a net-zero world: meeting people’s needs


Technology transformations can put us on the path to net zero. However, we need the right technology to get us there, and this technology needs to go to the right people in the right countries at the right time on key areas such as: energy systems, urban systems, food production systems, water systems and circularity actions across all sectors of industry. Read Inger Andersen’s full speech here.





In case you missed it: session on Countermeasures programme and best practices in tackling marine plastic litter


The September Digital Discovery Session introduced the CounterMEASURE programme implemented by the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and other partners. The session showcased the firsthand experience in technology application and partnership building to identify pathways of plastic pollution in the Mekong and Ganges River Basins to inform policy decisions. Watch the recording.



Tech startups take on food waste in Bangkok


Learn how young entrepreneurs are helping to tackle the food waste challenge by leveraging green technology and other innovations. UNEP is working with partners in Bangkok to better use data to track and reduce kitchen waste, extend the shelf life of food products and adopt vermiculture. 



How can digitalization accelerate the progress towards achieving the Paris climate accords and SDG 13?


The roundtable the Decade of Action: From Climate Targets to Implementation: How digitalization can accelerate the progress towards achieving the Paris climate accords and SDG 13, held on 23 September on the margins of the UNGA high-level week, underlined the importance of leveraging digital solutions to accelerate climate change and elaborated on how governments can support addressing the digital divide to this end. Read Inger Andersen's remarks here



UNEP Digital Transformation Conference for Environmental Sustainability – Perspective from West Asia


The conference held on 15 and 16 September explored clean technologies, digital tools and applications that can be adopted in the West Asia region to tackle the three planetary. During the conference Inger Andersen presented the four-point strategy on accelerating environmental sustainability through digital technologies and the “whole of society” transformations. Read it here.





Pooja Munshi, Head of Web


We have already digitally transformed the way we work and collaborate to better tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. My favorite example is the UNEP IQAir Dashboard, a science-based digital platform with the power to drive policy and change mindsets. UNEP's digital transformation journey needs to be real, tangible, and meaningful to continue delivering on our mandate. 



Engage with CODES


The Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) is a global platform that advances action by governments, companies, and civil society as part of the implementation process for the UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation. It brings together a multi-stakeholder community to co-design and deliver collaborative action towards achieving a digital planet for global sustainability. Join here .

CODES is co-championed by the German Environment Agency, the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the International Science Council, Future Earth, UNEP and UNDP. 


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