Where do we stand on our way towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? The interactive 2020 Atlas of the Sustainable Development Goals, launched by the World Bank in November 2020, provides an overview on the progress towards achieving the SDGs, using interactive storytelling and innovative data visualisations.
The SDGs seek to guide global action to address many of the world’s greatest challenges, such as eradicating poverty, eliminating hunger, expanding access to education, achieving gender equality, and addressing the climate crisis. The Atlas aims to expand understanding of key SDG indicators and trends, which is important for measuring progress and directing action. The 2020 edition seeks new and creative ways to expand understanding of each of the 17 goals.
Taking a storytelling approach, the Atlas explores selected targets for each goal, and highlights trends towards achieving the SDGs. It also introduces concepts that inform readers about how some of the SDGs are measured. Where data is available, the chapters highlight some of the emerging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the indicators and trends presented.
For example, a visualisation on SDG 3 “Good health and well-being” allows the reader to quickly see the trend in measles immunisation within an income group and in each individual country over 40 years. Or, when it comes to SDG7 “Affordable and clean energy”, readers can explore night-time satellite imagery to see how different parts of the globe with similar populations have very different light output—reflecting underlying unequal access to electricity.
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