United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Leveraging spatial data infrastructure and integrated analytical platform to support implementation, benchmarking, measuring and monitoring the SDG indicators.


This research group aims to investigate, formulate, and design methodologies and spatially enabled tools and an integrated platform to support implementation, measuring, monitoring and suggest improvements to achieve Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Agenda has been known as one of the significant global agreements and came into effect in 2016. In March 2017, the global indicator framework was developed by the UN in order to assess and benchmark the targets. The SDG’s dependency on geospatial information and enabling technologies is mainly due to the primary roles played by data and tools for relating people to their location, place and environment, and to measure ‘where’ progress is, or is not, being made, particularly at sub-national and local levels. However, in the pursuit for sustainable development, many countries and local jurisdictions continue to face a series of impediments that exacerbate their abilities and opportunities to participate fully in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, to support national and local development, economic prosperity, and through that, a global and thriving information economy.

This research project will investigate the challenges in effective and sustained access to digital technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), to the provision and exploitation of new data needs, information systems, analytics and associated enabling tools, and technologies to support the timely and reliable implementation and monitoring of the progress in SDGs.

The world can be resilient and more sustainable and pleasing to live by 2030 if countries precisely align with SDG indicators.

The benefits of this platform include:

  • Enhancing the methodologies and implementation frameworks to support evidence-based policy making towards achieving the SDGs
  • Formalising reusable geospatial tools for producing the SDG indicators, enabling benchmarking and comparison
  • Designing a dynamic platform rather than available static dashboards
  • Supporting national and local jurisdiction to improve their current static monitoring dashboards
  • Assisting governments to predict the future trends of SDG indicators

Sustainable Development Goals

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  • No poverty

    End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • Zero hunger

    End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

  • Good health and well-being

    Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  • Quality education

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

  • Gender equality

    Achieve gender equality and empower all girls and women

  • Clean water and sanitation

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

  • Affordable and clean energy

    Ensure access to reliable, affordable, sustainable and modern energy for all

  • Decent work and economic growth

    Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs

  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure

    Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

  • Reduced inequalities

    Reduce inequality within and between countries

  • Sustainable cities and communities

    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

  • Responsible consumption and production

    Ensure sustainable consumption and production pattersn

  • Climate action

    Take urgent action to combat climate change and is impact

  • Life below water

    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

  • Life on land

    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

  • Peace, justice and strong institutions

    Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, acccountable and inclusive institutions for all

  • Partnerships for the goals

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

Research team

Industry partners and collaborating organisations

Land Equity International

United Nations

World Bank



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