Integrating statistical and geospatial information for SDG monitoring

Monday, 25 November 2019, 10:00 AM (EST)

Adequately and systematically utilizing alternative data sources and methodologies, including geospatial information and Earth observations, presents a unique opportunity to meet the ambitious demand of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The importance of integrating geospatial information with statistics in supporting social, economic, and environmental policymaking was also recognized by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2013, which led to the establishment of an [Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information](

The Expert Group provides a forum for coordination and dialogue among representatives of both statistical and geospatial communities with a view to developing a global statistical-geospatial framework as a standard for the integration of statistical and geospatial information. In this webinar, representatives from civil society, international organization and a national statistics office will showcase how statistical and geospatial information is integrated to measure progress in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This webinar is part of the United Nations World Data Forum webinar series and provides an opportunity to learn first-hand from practitioners on bringing data sources together and creating an enabling environment for the integration and use of non-traditional data sources.

  • Moderator: Gregory Scott, Inter-Regional Adviser, UN-GGIM, United Nations Statistics Division

  • Panelist: Paloma Merodio Gomez, Vice President, INEGI


  • Panelist: Steffen Fritz, Acting Program Director, Ecosystem Services and Management (ESM), IIASA


  • Panelist: Kevin McCormack, Head of Division, Sustainable Development Goals Indicators & Reports and Geography, Central Statistics Office, Ireland