Serving Society with Space Data: SDG 16 - Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

When: Thursday, July 9, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions seeks to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. This webinar will highlight projects that have incorporated Earth observation data to better understand and to take action to end violent conflict and human rights abuses around the globe. It will also seek to explore how space technology can be used for projects designed around promoting strong governmental  institutions that are responsive to their citizens.



  • Sharing of real-world examples of how space technologies are being used for human rights and governance projects
  • How does better information lead to different policy decisions? 
  • Unique considerations in this area due to the nature of observed conflict
  • Is too much focus on being put on one-off event observation; how can Earth observation technology be used to longer-term monitoring?
  • Highlight potential technical, legal, and other barriers that limit the operational use of Earth observations by decision-makers, project managers, and development partners
  • Share pathways of collaboration and coordination/lessons learned 


  • Prof Jamon Van Den Hoek, Assistant Professor of Geography and GeospatialScience in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University 
  • Prof Doreen Boyd,Rights Lab Associate Director (Data and Measurement Programme) and Professor of Earth Observation
  • Einar Bjørgo, Director, Satellite Analysis and Applied Research at United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • Krystal Azelton (Moderator), Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation


About the Series: Innovations in Satellite Applications for Humanitarian and Development Sectors in support of the SDGs

Co-hosted by the Space Enabled research group and the Secure World Foundation, this virtual series aims to engage a multi-sector audience in discussions on how space technologies and geospatial applications contribute to better outcomes in critical fields around the world, such as energy, food security, poverty, and governance. Held twice a month, the events will bring together stakeholders working in companies, nonprofits, academia, and government to highlight initiatives taken to progress toward the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using a truly transformative multi-stakeholder approach. The series will highlight real-world case studies as well as opportunities and challenges for expanding the use of satellite data in efforts to achieve the SDGs.  This series seeks to look at ongoing work by a variety of actors, with a special focus on development and humanitarian projects.

Space Enabled and the Secure World Foundation invite participants to help us curate knowledge about the ways that leaders working in critical fields such as energy, poverty and food security are using satellite data to support their work. Each webinar will feature presentations by a group of topical experts, in-seminar data collection through live poll questions, and audience Q+A. After each event, participants will also be asked to complete a post-seminar survey to gain insights into their respective work, challenges they may face, and new initiatives. Based on a summary of the key discussion points of the virtual series and survey results Space Enabled and Secure World will publish a white paper with the highlights of the knowledge that the participants generate during the seminar series. This event will be one step to share knowledge about the utilization of space technologies for data-driven applications related to the selected topics, provide guidance for decision-makers, provide examples of work currently being done, and highlight areas for more adoption of space applications.

Last updated on July 2, 2020