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DTN to Participate in UN Agriculture Event
Minnesota Ag Connection - 07/11/2018

DTN, Minneapolis, will participate as a thought leader in a side event of the United Nations' High-Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF) on July 13 in New York City. The meeting, Goal 17: Mechanisms for Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development, is being organized by the Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations. As a participant, DTN will highlight its partnership with the International Informatization Academy (IIA), an NGO with General Consultative Status with the United Nation Economic and Social Council since 1995.

Together, DTN and IIA have launched the Climate Smart Initiative, which aims to address three of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by countries throughout the world in 2015. The Initiative will introduce innovative technologies in agriculture and climate monitoring that will increase food production, monitor and measure weather and climate in unmonitored rural areas, and reduce the impact of weather volatility and natural disasters on governments and civil society.

"This meeting will feature a variety of discussions and presentations that will address critical resources that partnerships like ours can bring to governments as they work to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all," said Dr. Oleg Kulish, executive vice president, the IIA. "We look forward to presenting information with DTN on how governments can help agriculture adapt to our changing climate and continue to feed the world."

Representatives from various government agencies, IIA, DTN, business organizations and others will meet to discuss how the Climate Smart Initiative's technologies and solutions can help address world hunger and help the world's farmers adapt to the changing climate. The side event is being held as a follow-up to the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the SDG (STI Forum 2017), where the Climate Smart Initiative was first introduced.

"The Climate Smart Initiative is helping countries address the increasing impact of climate change and weather volatility on agriculture globally," said Ron Sznaider, chief science officer at DTN. "Together with IIA, we are able to work with governments around the world and provide them access to weather and agriculture insights that can inform their policies and reduce the impact of weather volatility on their citizens."

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