Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is one of the top priorities for national governments and international societies nowadays. Since many sustainable development challenges have an entirely geographic context, it is imperative to utilize geospatial information technology to map status, analyze problems, monitor progress, and deliver knowledge related to SDGs. This has provided the global geospatial community with a unique opportunity to integrate geospatial information into the United Nations 2030 Agenda and to support the realization of the SDGs at both local, regional and global contexts.

This presentation will start with a live story on “SDGs local monitoring at Deqing county”, which is located in the south-eastern part of China with around 430,000 population and 938km2. An overall picture of how far the county is from 2030 SDGs was derived through the measurement of 102 SDGs indicators using geospatial and statistical information, and the assessment of individual SDG and SDGs clusters using quantified indicators and evidences. The results have helped the local government to develop concrete actions and allocate resources accordingly, to address the identified gaps and problems.

While this pilot practice has been selected as one of the Best SDGs Practice by United Nations in 2019, a number of scientific and technical challenges remain to be solved in this area. This presentation will then examine the major challenges facing, including geospatial modelling of SDGs, essential variables-based monitoring, geospatial knowledge services, etc. A brief review of key R&D activities in this area will be given.

Finally, the recently established ISPRS scientific program “Geospatial Information for SDGs”(GI4SDGs)will be introduced by this presentation. The overreaching goal of GI4SDGs is to promote and advance the utilization of geospatial information in supporting SDGs, by mobilizing and integrating all resources of ISPRS and its members.