CEOS Development Environment

Sustainable Development Goals

The Ad Hoc Team on Sustainable Development Goals (AHT-SDG)

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To highlight the potential role for Earth observations for supporting the global Indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we, together with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) put together the “Earth Observations in Support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” report. 

A successful sustainable development agenda will require effective partnerships for implementation. This report describes how GEO and CEOS Agencies will work with governments, academia, scientists, and the private sector to develop such partnerships for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This report also illustrates the value of Earth observation data for monitoring SDG progress through several case study examples, such as: 

·        GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM, Goal 2)

·        Algal Bloom Early Warning Alert Systems  (Goal 6)

·        Flood Prediction Systems (Goal 6)

·        Global Mangrove Monitoring/Mapping (Goal 6)

·        Water-Related Ecosystem Monitoring (Goal 6)

·        Mapping Urban Growth (Goal 11)

·        Air Pollution Monitoring (Goal 11)

·        Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Monitoring (Goal 14)

·        Forest Management (Goal 15)

·        Global Forest Observations (Goal 15)

·        Land Degradation (Goal 15)

Prior to co-producing this booklet, GEO also produced a compelling 4-page leaflet, entitled: 

Earth Observations and Geospatial Information: Supporting Official Statistics in Monitoring the SDGs*.

Click the images below for details on those examples, or take a look at the flyer itself.

Zero Hunger:

Clean Water:

Sustainable Cities:

Life on Land:





*The GEO leaflet was produced for a dedicated side-meeting at the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (Statistical-Geospatial Integration Forum) at the Geospatial Information and Earth Observations: Supporting Official Statistics in Monitoring the SDGs Session on March 7th, 2016 in New York City. 

A Sustainable Future

This beautiful animation shows what the world could look like if we achieve some the Global Goals by 2030: