#territorialdata: Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Wed 14, October 2020
12:30 - 13:00 CET
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The #territorialdata initiative concentrate on how data can help you to understand any type of territory. The initiative focus mainly on dynamic tools, maps and data visualisation. This year, the 3rd edition thematic is Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

From Lisboa “European Green Capital 2020” until DG DEFIS - EU Space programme, fifteen organisations on four different sessions will present you their work on the domain. Do not miss any of the sessions:


In this session, we will address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


ESPON will show how the ESPON Database and the ESPON SDG Localizing Tool can be used to support European, national, regional and local policy makers, researchers and experts with indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders in the implementation of SDGs.

ESPON European Territorial Observatory Network (@ESPON_Programme)


Our main goal is to debate the importance of data collection and monitoring systems for the implementation and achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the territories.

United Nations Development Programme (@UNDP_ART)

Jose Antonio Pinto, Event organisation, European Commission - DG REGIO, Belgium.
Martin Gauk, Project expert, ESPON European Territorial Observatory Network, Luxembourg.
Francine Melchioretto, Programme Expert, UNDP - ART Initiative, Belgium.
Jose Antonio Pinto, Event organisation, European Commission - DG REGIO, Belgium.
EURegions talk
Cohesion and Cooperation
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon City Council), Espon European Territorial Observatory Network | Inspire Policy Making With Territorial Evidence, European Commission, United Nations
English (EN)

Session summary

Martin Gauk from ESPON presented the current status of the development of the ESPON SDG Localising Tool. The tool contributes to the accessibility of indicators and information to localise the SDGs, measure progress towards the SDGs in regions and reflect on differences across regions in Europe. The tool helps to answer the following questions:

Is my region making progress towards achieving the SDG targets?
How does my region compare to other, similar regions? Is my region lagging behind or leading?
Which regions in Europe can be an inspiration for my region in order to make progress towards achieving a specific SDG?

In the presentation, ESPON explained the different functionalities behind the tool using an example related to SDG 4: Quality of education. The demonstration showed how to select regions, indicators for benchmarking purposes, visualisation tools for displaying the results and how to navigate through the built-in extensive library covering different initiatives and policies adopted by countries or regions that relate to SDGs.

The tool will be finalised and accessible in January 2021. Read more at: https://www.espon.eu/localise-SDG




Francine Melchioretto, Programme Expert of the ART Initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), presented the importance of data collection and monitoring systems for the implementation and achievement of the 2030 Agenda in the territories. She highlighted some of the tools used to implement such systems. For instance, this year UNDP, together with the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and with the collaboration of the Region of Andalusia and the Provincial Council of Barcelona, launched the Inter-institutional Working Group for Local SDG Monitoring. The group brings together a variety of actors to identify knowledge gaps to influence the design of better-informed policies and reinforce the capacities of local and subnational governments on SDG monitoring. In this framework, these partners have also commissioned a comparative study on local SDG monitoring systems. It maps 40 experiences from around the world. The goal is to provide an overview of the existing monitoring systems and inspire actors working on strengthening their own SDG monitoring practices. (@UNDP_ART)

Take away message

ESPON SDG Localising Tool provides quick and user-friendly access to subnational indicators related to SDGs and helps the user to visualise, monitor and benchmark these indicators. The tool encompasses a benchlearning component, where local, regional and national actors can learn from each other’s policies and initiatives that have been put in place to target the SGDs. (@ESPON_programme)


Holistic monitoring systems for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda help to design integrated policies, strengthen social cohesion and ensure transparency and accountability. (@UNDP_ART)


"ESPON is actively working on providing reliable, universal and systematic evidence and mechanisms to help local and regional authorities monitor and report the progress towards achieving the SDGs." (Martin Gauk, @ESPON_programme)

"From a holistic view, SDG monitoring systems are becoming a crucial tool to engage citizens in the decision-making process. By building a trusting environment, it enables policies to be co-created based on the real needs of the local population. This is only possible if efforts are also connected horizontally, and through local-regional-national integration and multi-stakeholder participation”. (Francine Melchioretto, @UNDP_ART)

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