The project was originally due to conclude in July 2021. However, a short extension was agreed with FCDO, with this final year primarily focused on the piloting of new approaches and activities in two priority areas with a small number of countries, with the ambition to expand and build upon these with a wider group in future.
For the first of these priorities, UNSD are working with a small set of pilot countries to test and implement the SDG Geospatial Roadmap, which has been provided to the 53rd Statistical Commission for adoption. This roadmap builds on the recommendations of the IAEG-SDG's Working Group on Geospatial Information (WGGI) through delivering practical guidance that seeks to build and strengthen links between statistical and geospatial experts working on the SDGs in order to address data gaps and increase the use of geospatial information in statistical production and dissemination. This is being done in collaboration with the secretariat and other members of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and includes support for working towards implementation of the Integrated Geospatial Information Framework (IGIF) and Global Statistical Geospatial Framework (GSGF).
Under the second of these priorities, UNSD is supporting pilot countries in using new and existing sources, methods and technologies to increase the availability, timeliness and granularity of SDG data, following the guided by the approach of the Data for Now initiative.
Materials and resources related to these activities will be added to this webpage over the coming months.