In its efforts to see the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development become reality, the international community is counting on the development, application and understanding of geospatial information as a vital tool. As the world moves to reduce inequality and curb the negative effects of climate change, adequate monitoring of progress and identifying challenges through the collection and interpretation of data is a core ingredient for successful implementation of the goals.


While around the world, statistical authorities in the public sector are still mostly regarded as the primary source for data and indicators, the private sector is increasingly moving into the business of providing data analyses and projecting trends. Currently, stock markets still look anxiously forward to press releases by statistical authorities such as the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and others on unemployment rates, consumer price indices or growth rates of international trade. These trends and analyses are generally released with a delay of 3 to 4 weeks.


Each year on 9 august, the world celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, putting the spotlight on the indigenous peoples’ incredible diversity, ancient knowledge and unique place in the world, as well as draw attention to specific issues arising in their communities. This year, the Day will revolve around indigenous peoples’ right to education, a right that is still not fully realized and continues to warrant special attention and targeted action.


This year’s International Youth Day centres on youth involvement in the implementation of the landmark 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The theme of the 2016 day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production” and it has specific thematic focus on the role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.tes youth leading sustainability.
July 2nd marked the annual International Day of Co-operatives, a global event aiming to increase awareness of co-operatives. The focus of this years’ commemoration was the role co-operatives play in the global effort to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. We connected with expert Dr. Ariel Guarco, Deputy Vice-President of Co-operatives of the Americas, to ask him how co-operatives contribute to a more sustainable, inclusive world.
The 2016 High-level Political Forum on sustainable development closed on 20 July with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration. As the meeting ended, the ECOSOC President and chair of the 2016 Forum, Ambassador Oh Joon, outlined some of the key messages that had emanated from discussions during the Forum.



The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 is the Secretary-General’s inaugural report on the SDGs and was launched on 19 July 2016 in New York, during the Ministerial Segment of the High-level Political Forum. It presents data and analysis on the SDGs for a wide audience with charts, infographics and analysis on selected indicators for which data are already available.

Understanding the scientific basis for action will be needed to achieve the ambitious and transformative goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new report issued by the United Nations during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.


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