The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aside from providing a framework to sustainability and equality, can also represent how to better link basic science and education with issues such as climatic and environmental change, water and energy security, ocean preservation, disaster risk and other existential risks to living sustainably on planet Earth. While we celebrate the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD), it is important to recognize the contribution basic science can make to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The International Year, promulgated by the United Nations, encourages exchanges between scientists and all categories of stakeholders, whether from grassroots communities or political decisionmakers and international leaders, to associations, students and local authorities.
GeoUnions (a group of nine unions and associations representing the geosciences, who are also members of the ISC), established a “Distinguished Lecture Series on Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development” aligned with the IYBSSD to highlight the importance of basic sciences for sustainable development within the ISC community.
To promote discussion and debate around these issues, the ISC will convene three online webinars on 21 February, 21 March and 18 April 2023, to discuss rethinking environmental security for the 21st century; disaster risk reduction and interdependencies between vulnerability, exposure, and hazards; and how we can consider the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda from a data-driven geographical perspective. Our speakers, Simon Dalby, Irasema Alcántara-Ayala and Chen Jun invite you to engage this conversation.
Webinar 3 : “Geospatial Information-Enabled SDGs Monitoring”
A systematic follow-up and review through indicators-based tracking and reporting of the progress towards 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through integration of statistical data and geo-information is a challenging task and a hot topic for both governmental agencies and scientific communities. This lecture provides an overview of United Nation recognized good practice on monitoring of geospatial information-enabled SDGs, which demonstrates how the overall SDGs progress at a local context can be well measured through developing a set of indicator-based, data driven and evidence-supported approaches with a geographic perspective.
|Professor/Chief Scientist at the National Geomatics Center of China, Beijing, China
Chen Jun is the past president of ISPRS. As a leading scientist affiliated with National
Geomatics Center of China, he is an expert in operational land cover and topographic mapping with space/airborne remote sensing. He had led China’s global land cover mapping project and produced the world’s first 30-m earth land cover map, GlobeLand30, which has been widely utilized by United Nations and about 140 countries. He has also established a dynamic topographic updating system and produced accurate maps for whole of China.
He had also completed a pioneer project to measure the progress toward SDGs at a local level in China (i.e., Deqing County) with geospatial and statistical information, which was selected and announced by UN as one of the first 16 good SDGs practices in 2020. During his 40 year’s professional career, Chen Jun has published more than 300 publications and 4 books, and received the a number of international and national scientific awards. He was elected as an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2019 and elected as a honorary member of ISPRS in 2022.
You can register for the first webinar HERE