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, CEOS Agencies will work with governments, academia, scientists, and the private sector to develop such partnerships for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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*.

Examples from the leaflet include how Earth observations contribute to:

  • SDG-2 (Zero Hunger) via crop monitoring
  • SDG-6 (Clean Water & Sanitation) via population density and wastewater leakage data,
  • SDG-11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities) via air quality data
  • SDG-15 (Life on Land) via forest cover data from satellites 

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: