The process of arriving at the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including determining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will conclude at the end of 2015 at the UN General Assembly. During 2015 a number of Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations are taking place, in week long sessions each month, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015). These Intergovernmental Negotiations provide a means of capturing as many aspects and inputs as possible from Member States and the international community, and will include a number of side events during each session.
In order to emphasize and demonstrate the importance of geospatial information and earth observations in measuring and monitoring the implementation of the SDGs, an important side event was convened during the April session of the Intergovernmental Negotiations. Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations, the UN-GGIM Secretariat, the UN-GGIM: Europe Bureau, and the Secretariat of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the side event took place on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 1:15 – 2:30pm in Conference Room 6 in UN Headquarters in New York.
Titled, “Unleashing the Power of ‘Where’ to Make the World a Better Place: How Geographic Information Contributes to Achieving the SDGs” the side event provided approximately 100 participants with important information on:
- How geographic information, combined with other information, will help governments measure and monitor implementation of the SDGs, and why it is important to improve the availability of and access to geographic data and statistics;
- Why geographic location is a core source of information for providing content and context to understand natural and human systems; and
- How geographic information helps to measure, monitor and manage sustainable development in a consistent way over time, thereby contributing to evidence-based policy decisions.
The side event also built on a similar event convened during the 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission as described in detail here: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/statcom_2015/seminars/earth_observ/default.html
- Dr. Yusuf Djajadihardja, Deputy Chair of Geospatial Information Agency, Indonesia
- Ms. Nadine Brown, Sustainable Development and Regional Planning Division, Planning Institute of Jamaica, Jamaica
- Mr. Lawrence Friedl, Director, Applied Sciences Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, United States