Leaders from government and finance convened at the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2018 in New York on 25 September. They agreed that new technologies and financing mechanisms can help close funding gaps and achieve the SDGs through a reduction in risks and transparency.
The Fourth Session of the Regional Committee on the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Africa (UN-GGIM: Africa) opened on Monday with participants discussing the UNs SDGs’ demands for new data acquisition and integration approaches to improve the availability, quality, timeliness and disaggregation of data. Presentations at the event informed participants on how countries in Africa can leverage revolutionary new cloud-based imagery solutions to address statistical challenges, develop smart spatially-enabled census and improve the reporting on SDGs in Africa.
Highlighting the importance of involving the youth in the decisions that affect their lives, three United Nations agencies announced an innovative partnership on Tuesday with African local governments, designed to inject youthful ideas and energy into urban planning policies. The youth should be at the heart of implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 11 which calls for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable towns and cities by 2030.
The 13th session of the African Symposium on Statistical Development (ASSD) took place on Monday in Addis Ababa, under the theme, “Application of economic statistics and national accounts in support of sustainable development.” ASSD is an annual international meeting that brings together statisticians throughout Africa together with regional and international partners to address economic, demographic and social themes. Representatives of some member states, including South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal shared their successes, challenges, and plans for statistical development in line with the SDGs.