To support implementation at all levels, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the need to exploit the contribution to be made by a wide range of data including Earth observations and geospatial information. Five years on, there are few examples of countries exploiting non-traditional data sources for the global SDG monitoring framework. Furthermore, where examples do exist, they are making use of only two types of non-traditional data: Earth observations and geospatial information, and citizen-generated data. And in the case of citizen-generated data, only examples from one country (the Philippines) are found. Significantly, the examples found were all classified as experimental. This paper encourages countries to make more use of a wide range of data for addressing the data challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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