In October 2018, the Forum organized an Extraordinary Session entitled “Laying the Foundations for a Global Digital Platform for Planetary Data using Frontier Technologies” in Paris, in cooperation with the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), the French Alliance for Environmental Research (AllEnvi) and the Group on Earth Observations. Recommendations from this session on big data and frontier technologies is guiding the work of Environment Live and the UN Environment Situation Room. An international Working Group will be launched at the Second Global Session of the Forum to oversee this work. More