Expert Group Meeting Programme: Statistical Geospatial Indicators on Disaster-Related SDGs Implementation

10 Oct 2017
Bangkok, Thailand

The geospatial and statistical professional communities are major contributors of information to support policy- and decision-making processes across many public and private sectors. With the increasing complexity of national, regional and global challenges and issues, the need to better understand the interrelationships across the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable development is becoming ever more critical. There is a clear recognition that one of the key challenges is a better integration of geospatial (which includes much environmental information) and statistical information (which includes much socioeconomic information) as a basis for sound and evidence-based policy- and decision-making.

In collaboration with the experts in the UN, ESCAP has initiated analytical research to develop a set of statistical geospatial indicators to assess the progress in implementing the disaster-related SDGs (SGI4D). These indicators will support policy makers and technical officials of member States to prepare more effective policies and actions in support of disaster risk reduction, preventing or mitigating human suffering and economic and environmental damages. They will also contribute to improving the statistical accuracy of the already established SDG indicator framework. In close collaboration with member States, ESCAP plans to apply the draft statistical geospatial indicators in selected Asia Pacific countries as a pilot phase.