Sustainability thought leader and Big Data expert, James "Jim" Donovan, leads the United Nations' GEO-6 Data Fabric Task Force

In pursuit of advancing its capabilities in providing highly relevant information on global environment issues, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), recently assigned sustainability thought leader and Big Data expert, James “Jim” Donovan, for a role that will significantly help drive efforts in managing environmental data and information.

Bringing with him over two decades of redefining and delivering innovative Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solutions to numerous organizations around the world, Donovan was delegated to be the team lead of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6) Assessment Methodologies, Data and Information Working Group – Data Fabric Task Force, which aims to provide guidance on assessment methodologies and lead the overall quality assurance of data and information flows.

Another role of the Data Fabric Task Force is to guarantee an intuitive, intelligent and compelling data and information to both negotiators and technical experts, enabling them to come up with a concise international comparison and universally applicable recommendations or solutions.

“I believe that climate resiliency will eventually become increasingly important in today’s world and the management of adversity should be the goal of communities, governments, and corporations, worldwide. Big data must be managed and analyzed effectively in order to come up with more environment-friendly and sustainable solutions that global and local corporations can adapt to their business processes,” explains Donovan.

UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is a thorough analysis of the state of the global environment. It aims to guide environmental decision-making by providing relevant information on global environmental issues. Its sixth edition, the GEO-6, will provide the first integrative baseline in light of global megatrends supported by open access to data, with due consideration given to gender, indigenous knowledge and cultural dimensions.

It will lay the foundation for continued socio-environmental assessments across relevant scales. With the enhanced environmental information and analysis published in GEO-6 report, policy makers could use these as reference in drafting more sound environmental policies geared towards sustainability.