"Transforming our world" with Geospatial Information.
16 August 2016
In September 2015, when the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world by 2030, it was termed as a grand plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.
With an integrated and indivisible global agenda, the SDGs present a new coherent way of thought and action on issues as diverse as poverty, education and climate change to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental.
The current study – Geospatial Information, Key to Achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - commissioned by DigitalGlobe and produced by Geospatial Media & Communications, supported by knowledge partners GEO and UNGGIM - makes an overarching assessment of the significance of Earth observation and geospatial data in supporting a wide range of indicators and targets of the Agenda 2030.
The paper presents some of the existing Earth observation and geospatial frameworks available globally, and identifies critical gaps in need of attention. The study gives a historic perspective from a sustainable development standpoint and makes a keen assessment of the prospective sustainable development sectors in identified countries.
Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) highlights the value of open data and Earth observations