The United Nations (UN) Sustainable development goals provide a unique opportunity to improve the international efforts in achieving positive global development by the tools of a common reporting system.

We at ESRI Bulgaria believe that GIS is humane technology that helps us better understand our world, the human impact on it and explore possible solutions for its sustainable management. We also are aware that achieving the UN Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) will require an unparalleled global effort. That`s why we`re happy to announce that ESRI, the global mapping leader, continues his mission to provide support for the SDGs through various activities in compliance with the 2030 Agenda.

Realizing that the goals are more aligned with information technology and geography than ever before, the primary goal for GIS is to provide a framework for organizing and communicating the collective global knowledge about our world and the impact of human activities on it. GIS and maps are used in all fields across every nation, providing a universal language for sharing insights and integrating many different kinds of data to analyze relationships among and between all SDG initiatives.

As an example, GIS can be applied by the scientists as a framework for advancing the application of geographic science to measure, analyze and monitor indicators with the UN goals and a multitude of projects that support their achievements. For statisticians, the GIS will be the platform used to collect, produce, manage and share data needed for decision making.

ESRI provides GIS software, known as ArcGIS to over 350 000 organizations around the world as well as implementation and educational support to the customers. With the adaptation of cloud GIS in the last 7 years the technology engaged a community of ArcGIS users that have generated millions of petabytes of information in a shared environment spinning the globe. ESRI have further tailored this data in order to create the Living Atlas of the Earth – build by the ArcGIS users’ worldwide rich catalog of thousands of map, intelligent geographic layers, imagery, tools, and apps. It presents the collective work of the entire GIS community and goes beyond. It provides the enabling framework for SDG implementation across countries and jurisdictions.

It`s no secret that for the effectiveness of the SDGs common agenda we must rely on the data from other organizations in addition to our own content. Insights for ArcGIS provides the tools for spatial data exploration and understanding. Maps, charts, and tables appear alongside each other as cards and each card is a live snapshot of the analysis. A GIS tool for better engagement of the international community is ESRI Story Maps. This open source tool allows combining authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and videos in order to tell your story and fire up the SDG supporters.

For over 4 decades, ESRI has been focused on the development of a complete GIS platform that now serves millions of users around the world. We at ESRI are fortunate to serve a community that comprehends the value of collaboration through GIS so that it fosters a larger vision and framework for understanding, communicating and organizing information around the world. That`s why we believe that this will help power the adaptation and action of the SDGs throughout organizations and communities worldwide.

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