Facebook Unveils Project17 to Help Meet United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The company teamed up with Ladysmith in a report covering gender data needs and constraints

Facebook Tuesday introduced Project17, a new initiative aimed at establishing partnership to help meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that the United Nations adopted in 2015.

Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg revealed a five-year pledge at the U.N. General Assembly last September to leverage the company’s data and resources in order to help partners advance progress on the SDGs.

Over the past six months, Facebook met with partners and experts including Data2x, Girl Effect and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data to better understand gender data needs and constraints.

The social network teamed up with independent research firm Ladysmith to conduct those interviews, review academic research and produce a report identifying areas where tech companies can help strengthen the gender data ecosystem and pinpointing gender data gaps across many different areas, including the data used by policymakers to inform decisions and the data used to understand global challenges such as climate change induced migration.




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