July 15, 2020

SDGs Today – real-time and timely data for the Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by Laura Guertin

With only 10 years left to achieve the SDGs, there is a critical need for a data platform that makes quality and timely data for the SDGs accessible to all, improves knowledge of geospatial tools and geographic information systems (GIS), and builds capacity to use these tools to support global agendas and policymaking. 

In partnership with Esri and National Geographic, SDGs Today: The Global Hub for Real-Time SDG Data is a platform developed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). This one-of-a-kind open access data platform has the potential to revolutionize how we understand and communicate the urgency of the SDGs and how we develop solutions, by providing a much-needed virtual space where key stakeholders from around the world can access and engage with timely data (updated annually or in more frequent intervals) on the SDGs and learn how to use the data effectively to push Agenda 2030 forward.  —  from UNSDSN

This is an exciting development, but let’s take one step back. Starting September 25, 2015, and continuing for 15 years, the United Nations released the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, addressing local-to-global work needed to be done by all nations committed to ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all. (see my blog post The UN Sustainable Development Goals – what they are, why they exist). The year 2030 will be here soon, and how far have we come? What more do we need to reach those targets?

SDGs Today portalPresenting… the data. And maps. And StoryMaps. And links back to the SDG Academy. From Population without Electricity to Poor Air Quality Locations, from Food Insecure Population to Global Temperature Change, there are plenty of topics and resources to dive into.

Check out the website (http://sdgstoday.org/) and explore to see how you can use this tool and these data with students. We have 10 years left – what data-informed solutions can we advance to meet the SDGs?

The formal announcement on July 14th about the new platform can be viewed here.