Developing and Utilising Geospatial Workflows to Monitor UN Sustainable Development Goals
Country Scoping and Assessment: a Component of the Development Account Programme on Data and Statistics for SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a series of 17 global goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Monitoring progress in the Sustainable Development Goals is a fundamental component of the post 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda since only indicator-based measurements of the progress towards the targets can allow the development of national strategies to achieve these Goals.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) recognizes the benefits of using geospatial data, particularly from Earth Observations, to strengthen the SDG monitoring capacities of countries. With this objective, an initiative to use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was launched to gather and use Environmental Statistical Data strategically and help assess the data availability and capacity of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in three selected ESCWA member countries: Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.
We were in charge of implementing the following activities:
- Undertake a survey of available geospatial data and expertise in Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.
- Convene a National Workshop for stakeholders that are associated with SDGs, environmental data, and geospatial information systems, in these 3 countries.
- Organize basic training and raising awareness in these 3 countries on the importance of geospatial workflows, global initiatives and technologies, and publicly accessible data relevant to SDG monitoring.
- Provide an overview of data, expertise available and needs for establishing effective geospatial workflows to measure and monitor SDGs.
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