The 2030 Agenda provides all countries with an integrated set of goals, targets and indicators in order to measure and monitor progress towards sustainable development over the next 15 years – and which are almost entirely statistical and geographic in nature. Many of the issues impacting sustainable development require new and integrated sources of data and information that can be analysed, modelled and mapped over space and time within a geo-statistical context. The integration of “where” to “what” and “who” will unlock a wealth of information about the economy, environment and society, allowing evidence-based and informed policy making and decisions. This session allowed experts to demonstrate in practical detail how geospatial data and statistics are able to provide the integrative and enabling fabric across a number of national information systems in the provision of sustainable data for effective policy and decision making for sustainable development.
- The Data (geospatial + statistics) Revolution -humble beginnings, present & future – South Africa – Sharthi Laldaparsad, Statistics South Africa
- Geo-Spatial Information – Revealing Unknowns in Statistical Information – Derek Clarke, Rural Development and Land Reform South Africa
- Integrating Geospatial and Statistical Information: SDGs and Geospatial Frameworks – A Few Perspectives – Tim Trainor, GGIM/ U.S. Census Bureau
- Distracting people with truth – Craig Mills, vizzuality