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Data for Peace Conference 2023 Program

Data for Peace Conference 2023 • Day 2

Time (ET)

Tuesday, October 17

08:00 – 08:50 Registration and Security Check
Breakfast and Coffee Available
09:00 – 10:00
Panel Discussion
From Data to Decision: Effectively linking analytics and action

In this session, we will discuss research and experiences in bridging the gap between innovative methods and effective action for data-driven conflict prevention and peace. In line with the conference’s goal of creating partnerships for effective data driven solutions, the session brings together research and policy perspectives. Building on existing work, it seeks to move the debate about effective data-informed action forward. To this end, participants share concrete examples of steps they have implemented to get from data to action and they explain how data-driven analytical insights contribute to future-oriented decision and policy. The session will showcase solutions to overcome obstacles in data- and risk-informed action and show how stakeholders from a variety of disciplines such as language processing, risk communication, futurology and peacebuilding can collaborate to address remaining challenges. The goal is to foster cooperation to more effectively harness the potential of data sources, methods, and formats for data-informed decisions and policy.

Organizer: Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
10:00 – 10:05Quick Guide through Breakouts
10:10 – 11:10

Breakouts #3

10:10 – 11:10
Panel Discussion
Room: Goblin King
SESSION 1: Collaborating between Global and Local: Utilizing data and OSINT for preventing violent extremism

This session aims to tackle the gap between data and action when it comes to establishing early warning systems for violence, as part of efforts to prevent violent extremism and address hate speech. Through collaborative efforts involving the United Nations, civil society, media, and academia, we will delve into how multi-stakeholder partnerships can fill the gaps in data and empower policy and decision-makers to take proactive, data-informed measures for early action.

Organizer: UNDP and Myanmar Witness
10:10 – 11:10
Short Presentation
Room: Dark Crystal
SESSION 2.1 • 10:10 – 10:40
Exploring the HCD-Human Security and State Fragility Nexus in Early Warning Systems

Development & humanitarian actors need decision-support tools that account for the State Fragility, Human Security & Human Capital Development nexus. The combination and interaction of weak institutions, structural pressures, and individual capabilities determine how a country will respond to a crisis and what can be done to mitigate those risks. HCD+ and partners seek to build an interactive tool that provides analytics to end-users to better understand the complexity of these dynamics and generates recommendations for response.

The HCD+ Nexus Project is working to bridge the gap between Human Security indicators, State Fragility Metrics and HCD Indicators for Early Warning Analysts, Field Monitors & HCD Focal Points to provide policy officials and decision-makers with the holistic and detailed insights required to identify, assess and mitigate risks and threats. In addition, the HCD+ Nexus system’s reliance on cutting-edge Data Analytics, GIS and Artificial Intelligence technologies ensures that the system is scalable, cost-effective and efficient.

Organizer: Africa HCD+, Elva Community Engagement (Elva), and the Fund for Peace

SESSION 2.2 • 10:40 – 11:10
From Data to Anticipation: UNDP's journey with Crisis Risk Dashboards

Since 2017 UNDP has invested in using data visualization to support risk analysis and early warning, through the development of the Crisis Risk Dashboard (CRD). The CRD is a platform tailored to the context and needs of UNDP and UN Country Teams, that enables access to relevant data for dynamic contextual analysis. CRDs are now in use in more than 30 Country Offices and Regional Hubs, and have expanded beyond UNDP and the UN.

UNDP presented is initial experience at the first CIC workshop, and then a more substantive update at the 2021 CIC workshop on EWEA. This session will be the opportunity to update on the trajectory and share lessons after 5 years of CRD roll-out. It will allow us to showcase good practices in the use of data for early warning and prevention, and to discuss new avenues for innovation - including opening up the CRDs, integrating predictive analytics and exploring big data through machine learning and AI. In addition to the UNDP Risk Anticipation Hub team, the pitch will feature at least one colleague from the field.

Organizer: UNDP
10:10 – 11:10
Short Presentation
Room: Doozers
SESSION 3.1 • 10:10 – 10:40
Perspectives on the 2022 Brazilian Election: A media-based network and sentiment analysis

We will showcase a method to analyze public opinion in a free and open source way. This talk utilizes Reddit, various Python NLP libraries, and ChatGPT for initial research. I will discuss the important limitations of Reddit and the pitfalls of not fact checking ChatGPT. With emerging technologies that make it easier to gather public data and process it in ways that may not be accurate, there is opportunity to learn before misusing these tools.

Organizer: USAID, OTI

SESSION 3.2 • 10:40 – 11:10
Alerting Aid Agencies Early to Displacement, Food Insecurity, Drought, and Disease Outbreaks

The Centre for Humanitarian Data, together with the CERF secretariat, has built a Global Monitoring and Alert System (GMAS). GMAS automatically analyses the best global humanitarian datasets to provide access to key global crisis indicators and forecasts, insights on emerging trends, and alerts when situations are deteriorating or risks are escalating. These alerts already help inform funding decisions by CERF, the UN’s global humanitarian fund, and will be rolled out to the broader humanitarian community in future. This, the system is work in progress. GMAS currently sends early alerts for internal displacement and food insecurity. A component for cholera outbreaks is in the works. In future, GMAS will be expanded to cover seasonal precipitation forecasts for droughts and the risk of flooding. GMAS relies on high-quality datasets from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (for displacement), from the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Integrated Phase Classification project (for food insecurity), and from the World Health Organization (for cholera outbreaks).

Organizer: Centre for Humanitarian Data and CERF secretariat
11:10 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30

Breakouts #4

11:30 – 12:30
Panel Discussion
Room: Dark Crystal
SESSION 1: AI for Good: Leveraging AI across the UN peace, humanitarian, and human rights pillars

The panel will focus on the role of private-public collaborations in harnessing real-time data & AI to support UN action across the peace, security, humanitarian and human rights dimensions.

Organizer: Dataminr
11:30 – 12:30
Room: Doozers
SESSION 2: Senior Management Seminar on the Strategic Use of Data in Peace Operations and SPMs

We are in an era where the strategic use of data has become a cornerstone for decision-making processes in every domain across public sectors. In the context of UN peace operations and special political missions, leveraging data has potential to shape outcomes of our operations—however more thinking is needed to define what data should be collected and used, to drive which outcomes. The purpose of this closed-door seminar is to foster a comprehensive dialogue among UN senior managers about how best to utilize data in a strategic way - is it for advocacy? Underpinning political engagement? Providing evidence to the Security Council? Advise the conflict parties? Inform budget negotiations? Develop needs assessments?

Organizer: United Nation DPPA-DPO
11:30 – 12:30
Short Presentations
Room: Goblin King
SESSION 3.1 • 11:30 – 12:00
Using OSINT and Remote Sensing to Document Environmental Impacts of War

The environment has long been an invisible victim of armed conflicts. With the rise of open-source investigations and increased access to earth observation data, there is now a wealth of instruments to identify and monitor the environmental dimensions of wars. PAX has utilized this data in their own reports, training local activists in Syria and Iraq on the application of remote sensing and OSINT and sharing knowledge with journalists. These efforts help researchers, journalists and civil society groups to visualize conflict impacts on the environment, underscore the need to address them in humanitarian response, post-conflict analysis, -reconstruction, -remediation efforts and to build accountability for armed actors responsible for environmental destruction. Our research has already propelled discussions in the UN forums, such as the Environment Assembly, Security Council and the General Assembly’s

Organizer: PAX/Bellingcat

SESSION 3.2 • 12:00 – 12:30
Introducing AskACLED

In conflict-affected regions, obtaining and analyzing multifaceted data is both a challenge and a necessity. AskACLED is a groundbreaking solution that merges the power of conversational AI with the rich, disaggregated data collection of ACLED.

Generative AI: Instead of using manual filters or complex queries, users can simply ask the system questions in plain language.

Dynamic & Real-time Content: As ACLED's documentation evolves, AskACLED remains current, providing up-to-date information.

Integrated Analysis: By pairing conversational AI with ACLED's research reports, users can not only fetch raw data but also derive contextual insights.

Transparent Data Lineage: The platform can link chat responses directly to source documents. This feature bolsters user trust, as they can verify the origins and accuracy of the information presented.

Bespoke/partnership: The AskACLED platform is a collaboration between Exchange.Design and ACLED, merging AI capabilities with trusted conflict data expertise. This synergy ensures users access a platform that is tailored to the needs of users and accurate in terms of the generated content.

Organizer: Exchange Design
12:30 – 13:30Lunch Break
13:35 – 15:35
Room: Goblin King
Policy Innovation and Open Data with the Peace and Security Data Hub

In an era where data-drives policy formulation, the need for accessible, accurate, and actionable data in the realm of peace and security has never been more critical. The Peace and Security Data Hub is an open-data portal for the Peace and Security pillar and precisely offers those capabilities. Over the past year, the number of datasets has increased by 50 per cent, and researchers, policy makers and reporting officers are invited to engage with the data and help innovate on the type of insights we can glean from it. An existing collaboration between UNU and IMU on data will showcase how data can underpin evidence of diverse peace operations preventing cross-border conflict.

Organizer: UN DPPA-DPO
15:35 – 16:00
Room: Goblin King
D4P Community of Practice – Reflections and Ideas Sharing

Organizer: NYU Center on International Cooperation
16:30-17:30Wine and Cheese Reception with Google Demos

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