Our understanding of consumption and production is often based on estimates and outdated figures. Without transparent systems, without accurate population data, without accurate birth and death rates, we cannot accurately predict our food and water needs of the future and, as a consequence, on our planet.

This data would allow for us to leave a sustainable planet for the next generation. Consumers worldwide are increasingly concerned about environmental, economic, and social issues and want smart markets that limit waste. Data analysis of consumption patterns can help find wasteful gaps and work towards more holistic, sustainable consumption.

The earth’s population is projected to rise to 9 billion by 2050.

"The situation the Earth is in today has been created by unmindful production and unmindful consumption. We consume to forget our worries and our anxieties. Tranquilising ourselves with over-consumption is not the way."

Thich Nhat Hanh

  

Initiatives

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Collaborative Data Innovation Fund

Resources Available
The Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Fund supports projects that work towards achieving the SDGs in low-income and lower middle-income countries.
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Data4SDGs Toolbox

GPSDD Initiated | Looking for Partners | Resources Available
The Data4SDGs Toolbox is a set of tools, methods, and resources to help countries create and implement holistic data roadmaps for sustainable development.
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Data Roadmaps

GPSDD Initiated | Resources Available
Data roadmaps support countries in developing and implementing multi-stakeholder data ecosystems for sustainable development.
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Environment Data Collaborative

Looking for Partners | Resources Available
Using earth observation and remote sensing data to protect the environment and improve climate resilience.
  
  

Partners

INDEX Design to Improve Life Logo
Non-governmental Organization
INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish NPO with global reach. We Inspire, Educate, and Engage in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Logo
Non-governmental Organization
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works across a variety of sectors with the belief that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme Logo
Multilateral Organization
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
CARTO Logo
Private sector
CARTO is an open cloud location data platform offering visual insights on where things happen, why they happen, and predicting what will happen in the future.
Athena Infonomics Logo
Private sector
Athena Infonomics is a policy research and development analytics firm focusing on strengthening the use of data and social science research to solve development and inclusive growth issues worldwide.
African Development Bank Logo
Multilateral Organization
The overarching objective of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to spur sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thus contributing to poverty reduction.
  

Resources

Data4SDGs Toolbox

Subnational Data for Sustainable Development

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module is based on the experiences and lessons learned from the Open Institute’s Global Goals for Local Impact project and seeks to inform data challenges and opportunities at both the national and subnational level.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Open Mapping for the SDGs

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module provides a brief compendium of resources for national bureaus of statistics, national mapping agencies, line ministries and non-government partners to foster the growth of participatory mapping in their countries and develop national roadmaps.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Open Data for Sustainable Development

This Data4SDGs Toolbox module provides stakeholders with open data core principles and essential resources needed to prioritize, open and use key datasets relevant to achieving and monitoring the SDGs.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Mobile Data for Sustainable Development

The objective of this Data4SDGs Toolbox module is to describe an approach for leveraging mobile data to address social goals and questions in support of the SDGs.
Data4SDGs Toolbox

Tool 3: Questionnaire

The Questionnaire from the Minimum Essential Data Package is a tool intended to help national data teams to evaluate their preparedness for SDG monitoring, and to subsequently draft a Data Roadmap for Sustainable Development.