Is your country on the right track towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? As you well know the Sustainable Development Goals are complex, with 17 goals and 231 indicators. Measuring, reporting and monitoring progress on the SDGs requires time, resources and capacity.
Means of Implementation
The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2020 presents interactive storytelling and data visualizations about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It highlights trends for selected targets within each goal and introduces concepts about how some SDGs are measured. Where data is available, it also highlights the emerging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the SDGs.
Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Investors: More Risks, More Opportunities through Better Governance
The world can deal with the potentially catastrophic risks of climate change only by changing the pattern of investment in the global economy to climate-friendly activity. But to do that, a different set of risks have to be addressed, the risks perceived by investors to be inevitable in new technologies and new geographies, often in both at the same time. Increased transparency of climate risks and the gradual greening of the global financial system are helpful trends.
Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2020 begins with a Highlights section that presents key messages from various parts of the publication.
Part I comprises the data tables and brief analyses of trends of select indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for which data were available. The indicators are presented according to the United Nations SDG global indicator framework.
In river basins throughout the world, rivers connect and pass through urban and rural districts; and groundwater aquifers, which underlie urban and rural areas, are connected to the rivers. Sources of pollution occur in both urban and rural areas: point sources, such as sewer outfalls and industrial discharges, are the main sources in urban areas; while nonpoint sources are generally worse in rural areas, including runoff from agricultural lands and discharges from intensive animal husbandry.
For almost 50 years, civil society stakeholders have been key contributors to implementing the mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP strives to ensure effective, broad and balanced participation of Major Groups and Stakeholders as they play a central role in providing expertise and relevant knowledge. They also channel the voices of those most likely to be directly affected by environmental problems and related policies, and call needed attention to emerging issues as they reach out to their respective communities and the public at large.
Governments and companies around the world have committed to adding some 826 gigawatts of new non-hydro renewable power capacity in the decade to 2030, at a likely cost of around $1 trillion. Those commitments fall far short of what would be needed to limit world temperature increases to less than 2 degrees Celsius. They also look modest compared to the $2.7 trillion invested during the 2010-2019 decade, as recorded by this Global Trends report.
While much progress has been made in mainstreaming the Sustainable Development Goals into national development plans and strategies, what is often lacking is an assessment of the financial resources required to implement them.
Monitoring of SDGs under Agenda 2030 is the focus for national statistical systems which has huge data demands. Big data and other non-traditional data sources are an exciting prospect for national statistical offices to meet this increasing demand for more statistics of greater timeliness and relevance specially during COVID-19 pandemic. Human resource management and appropriate skill development is essential to meet this challenge. This webinar is being held as preparation for the 7th Committee of Statistics.