USA: Esri, has announced the creation of a new story map Women and Sustainable Development. The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), through the Global Gender Statistics Programme, is collaborating with Esri and statistical agencies from national governments around the world in gathering data that highlights the current state of global progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets relevant to gender equality.
The results are being presented in the story map Women and Sustainable Development, which focuses on women’s economic empowerment, women’s voices, and women’s safety and human rights.
The story map is built on the Federated Information System for the SDGs platform. Also known as the SDG Hub, this new web mapping and data management platform is powered by Esri software and allows participating countries to share current statistical data on poverty, unemployment, clean water availability, etc., to local data hubs.
“We were able to put this story map together very quickly and efficiently,” said Francesca Grum, UNSD chief of social and gender statistics. “By using the SDG Hub, statistical agencies from participating countries are able to highlight gender data for their country quickly and easily and to share actionable information. Even with so many contributors and moving pieces, the actual time to develop it was just eight weeks from start to finish.”
Recently adopted by the UN Statistical Commission, the SDG Hub enables collaboration across UN agencies and Member States empowering action and engaging communities around the UN’s global goals.
“This story map is a great example of how a community can come together over an important issue once the resources are in place,” said Linda Peters, Esri global business development manager. “This is exactly the level of engagement and cooperation that will help to advance the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Esri has been chosen as the premiere sponsor and technology of the STI Forum 2019. The fourth annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals, convenes May 14-15 in New York City at the UN headquarters.
This year’s theme will be “STI for ensuring inclusiveness and equality” and key stakeholders in technology and innovation for the implementation of the SDGs will attend and participate in the forum.