One of the most pressing issues of our world is the complete elimination of poverty and hunger in all its varied forms, preventing environmental degradation and reversing unsustainable consumption patterns. All of these come under the umbrella of the dire issues that endanger the future of the planet. Sustainability is essential for the survival of future generations as well as for ensuring that all humans can fulfill their potential and contribute to society. Geospatial data has become a powerful tool to monitor the overall wellbeing of citizens and provide pathways for sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 at COP22 in Paris. Total 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets were decided for all-round and holistic development on three facets that are crucial to all aspects of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.
Geospatial for enhanching sustainability
With the UN focusing on sustainable development goals, the significance of linking people, planet & prosperity through the spatial lens has been unanimously recognized at all levels.
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 SDGs.
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. What is needed however is bridging the gap between the level of technological access in developed and the developing world.
At Geospatial World Forum 2019, which is the world’s largest geospatial industry forum, there would be a discussion on the use of geospatial technology for sustainability development.
The implementation of the sustainable development agenda is gaining momentum and as the urgency of it develops; the multi-stakeholders of the development community are beginning to understand the lucrative prospects of using geospatial information and technologies as fundamental inputs of realizing the global goals.
Collaborative approach to reach the goal
While we are striving hard for the aim, the goals cannot be achieved in a day. It is the comprehensive and integrated geospatial data ecosystem, and the coherence and integration of spatial information that will open up multiple avenues for development. As significant strides are being made day in and day out to achieve what many may feel is impossible, the broader ambition of the 2030 agenda is now achievable as countries necessitate the use of geospatial information for use by all stakeholder. Eliminating the linear progression of development strategies and policies as laid down by many developing nations, geospatial information and technologies will provide a thrust to the realization of sustainable development goals.
It has been accepted that geospatial information and spatial data has immense potential for the society. Knowledge of spatial datasets would enhance our ability to implement, track and monitor SDGs. The Geographic Information System (GIS) software creates a visual overlay of the available geospatial datasets that can reveal patterns and trends that go unnoticed.
Both location and spatial data play a crucial role in SDGs and the stakeholders are actively working with geospatial industry for better monitoring as well as a more methodic approach for reaching the goals.
Want to gain more insights? As you attend the illuminating sessions on Geo4SDGs: Addressing Agenda 2030 at the Geospatial World Forum 2019, you will come to understand better how geospatial could help in realizing the objective of sustainability and making the world a better place.
What’s more? If you Register now, you end up saving up to €400. As eminent speakers from all over the world discuss issues concerning sustainability and how geospatial can drive it, you would certainly not like to miss a seat.