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The UN-GGIM: Europe core data initiative to encourage Geographic information supporting Sustainable Development Goals

dominique laurent

(Submission #164)


In September 2015, the United Nations announced the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an ambitious, integrated, indivisible and transformational global agenda with 17 Sustainable development Goals, 169 associated targets with 230 indicators promising to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – in a balanced way. The UN-GGIM (United Nations initiatives on Global Geographic Information Management) has launched various SDG related activities, including the European working group on core data. Core data has been defined as the geospatial data that is the most useful, either directly or indirectly, to analyse, to achieve and to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals. The objectives of the working group on core data are to select core data themes and then to work out recommendations for content for each selected theme. During the first phase, as general methodology, the working group identified the SDG targets that are a priori requiring geographic information. Then, for each target the use cases enabling to analyse, to achieve or to solve the target were investigated. These use cases involve not only statistical studies but also e.g. spatial planning, finding best place for a risk mitigation construction or for a missing basic service, preparing itineraries for emergency rescue or for public transport, finding owner of a polluted parcel, etc. The data required by these use cases were identified and then the results were compiled for each INSPIRE theme, providing an overview of the importance of the theme for the SDG. Following this phase, 14 INSPIRE themes were selected as core. The second phase is to work out recommendations for content for the 14 selected themes. These recommendations aim to define the priorities on the core content to be made available, either by harmonising existing data when practicable or by producing new data when necessary. They will complement the INSPIRE data specifications by defining minimum content, both on semantic side (mandatory feature types and attributes) and on geometric side (level of detail, accuracy). Working out these recommendations is based on the one hand on user requirements, once again with focus on the SDGs and on the other hand on INSPIRE data specifications which are used as starting point. The user requirements coming from the high level survey done during the first phase are completed by more specific actions, depending on the themes.


Topic Area:  [1.6] Environmental, economic, social impact assessments (including public health)
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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