The SDGs (sustainable development goals) comprises of 17 goals ranging from extreme poverty to climate change. What is common to most of these 17 goals is that they all rely on geography and location, thus reinforcing the need for geospatial technologies for better policymaking and improving national capacity for implementing SDGs.
Geospatial technologies and services, strengthening data production and the use of better data in policymaking and monitoring, are becoming increasingly recognized as a fundamental means for global development. Such data and services have the real potential of forming a new and emerging ‘data ecosystem’ for development with integrated information systems that are comprehensive and coordinated.
The importance of Geo-enabling SDG indicators and monitoring framework: From Global policy to National Capabilities is increasingly being recognized in pursuing ambitious long-term targets, measuring progress at frequent intervals and documenting the successes and shortfalls. Developing the adequate monitoring and reporting system is a challenge for many countries.
Geospatial technologies offer attractive solutions in monitoring key areas in SDG such as urban development, agriculture and rural development, water resources management, climate resilience, disaster risk reduction, and more. Success stories and exemplary innovation of Geo4SDGs from various national, regional and global initiatives will be demonstrated at the Geospatial World Forum 2019, which is the world’s largest geospatial industry forum.
Geospatial technologies are boosting data production that can be used efficiently in planning and policymaking, and there is a consensus that geospatial is fundamental to global sustainable development. Geospatial data and services have the real potential of forming a new and emerging ‘data ecosystem’ for development with integrated information systems that are comprehensive and coordinated.
With the enabling global mechanism of the 2030 Agenda, the challenge is how to most effectively transfer the available technology, data richness, and connectivity to the technology and data poor, which is the foundation stone for capacity building and enabling a mechanism for global cooperation and coordination. What is needed however is bridging the gap between the level of technological access in developed and the developing world, which can only be achieved through a holistic policy approach.
Want to gain more insights? As you attend the informative sessions on Geo4SDGs: Addressing Agenda 2030 at the Geospatial World Forum 2019, you will come to understand better how geo-enablement of SDGs would help the governments in better policymaking and capacity building.
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