As we enter year 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (which are set to be reached by 2030), organisations have had the time to do further research and publish findings relating to specific targets within each goal, shedding more light on the challenges and opportunities relating to each one. However the number of reports being launched daily can be a bit overwhelming, especially given that a lot of it is useful and interesting. Last week in Part 1 of this post I shared several reports focused on the SDGs. Here I have provided some websites with further resources on the SDGs.
The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 presents maps, charts, and stories related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It discusses trends, comparisons, and measurement issues using accessible and shareable data visualizations. The data draw on the World Development Indicators the World Bank’s compilation of internationally comparable statistics about global development and the quality of people’s lives. For each of the SDGs, relevant indicators have been chosen to illustrate important ideas.
InforMEA provides easy access to information on MEAs. You can consult treaty texts and provisions of decisions and resolutions adopted by the Governing Bodies of MEAs. You may browse Party information including contacts, national reports and national plans submitted under MEAs. Feel free to learn of terms and concepts as defined in the context of MEAs and consider taking one of over 20 free online courses introducing MEAs.
IISD Reporting Service provides neutral, autorative and up to the minute record of ongoing multilateral negoations on environment and sustainable development. You can access the meeting reports on their website or sign up to receive updates via email for a range of specific topics or on the Sustainable Development Goals more generally. Current coverage focuses on the Internatioanl Seabed Authority, High-Level Political Forum and the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parities to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. IISD has been providing this coverage since 2003.
Data is Beautiful is a reddit page where individuals post visual representations of data including graphs, charts and maps. The goal is to explore how to effectively convey information and although aesthetics are important part of information visualization, the aim is not to create pretty pictures necessarily. Every month the community is invited to take part in a particular challenge where they are given a dataset to work with.
Another website that aims to engage users in data is Our World in Data. Our World in Data is an online publication that shows how living conditions are changing. The aim is to give a global overview and to show changes over the very long run, so that we can see where we are coming from and where we are today. We need to understand why living conditions improved so that we can seek more of what works. The site has a newly launched SDG Tracker that tracks the latest data across all of the 17 SDGs. This serves an interactive hub where users can explore and track progress across all of the SDG indicators for which there is data available.
Also don’t forget about PRME Signatories developing databases of resources around the SDGs including the SDG Hub in South Africa at the University of Pretoria and the Online Resources Collection Around PRME from Sobey School of Business in Canada.