Land governance and the SDGs: Building back better with improved land information systems
02 February 2022
This side event will present the latest information available on land-related SDG indicators that are showcased on the SDGs dashboard. The event will emphasize how Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) can play a key role in accelerating achievement of the SDGs and Building Back Better in light of the COVID-10 pandemic. The event will include government representatives and SDG custodians in a dynamic panel discussion of these issues.
Land governance has strong relationships with social, economic, and ecological development around the world, and is thus crucial to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Maintaining and restoring land resources can play a vital role in tackling climate change, securing biodiversity and maintaining crucial ecosystem services, while ensuring shared prosperity and well-being. Achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN) can become an accelerator of achieving SDGs across the board.
As the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators began evaluating the tier status of indicators, it became clear that there was a lack of awareness of the status of progress, as well as the data and information about these land-related indicators. In response, the Land Portal Foundation and the Global Land Tool Network (GLTN) launched Land and the SDGs dashboard in September 2017 to make information related to the land indicators in the SDGs widely available. This dashboard has served this purpose for nearly five years and has been completely revamped and updated in collaboration with custodian agencies, including the FAO, UNCCD, UNEP, UNHABITAT, the World Bank, and others, to provide widespread access to this key information.