Sustainable Development Goals: A Guide To Data And Development

We are happy to share the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With over 180 maps and graphs, the new publication indicates the advanced societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.

It’s full of interpreted data visualizations, which can be reproducibly produced from data and source code. You can watch the SDG Atlas online, download the PDF book (30Mb), and get the data and source code behind the figures.

This Atlas would not be viable without the efforts of information scientists and statisticians working in global and national agencies around the globe. It’s produced in collaboration with the professionals across the World Bank’s data and research teams, and our international sectoral practices.

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018 shows maps, graphs, and stories regarding the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It addresses trends, correlations, and measurement problems using open and shareable data visualizations.

The data draw on the World Development Indicators is the World Bank’s Compilation about globally relevant statistics about global expansion and the state of people’s lives. For all the SDGs, essential indicators have been selected to represent valuable ideas.

This contents of this Publication can be found as a PDF, the data can be found in the World Bank’s Data Catalog and the code used to create nearly all figures are available on Github.

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Superior health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Good work and economic development
  9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible production and consumption
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice, and powerful institutions
  17. Partnership for international growth

Trends and analysis to the 17 SDGs

The Atlas represents on World Development Indicators, a database of above 1,400 indicators for above 220 marketplaces, several going back over 50 years. By way of instance, the section on SDG4 covers data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics on education and its influence throughout the world.

Throughout the Atlas, data are presented by income group, region, and country and often disaggregated by wealth, gender, and geography.

The Atlas investigates new data from researchers and scientists where standards for measuring SDG criteria goals are being developed. By way of instance, the chapter on SDG14 features study led by Global Fishing Watch published this year in Science. Their team has monitored over 70, 000 corporate fishing vessels from 2012 to 2016, prepared 22 billion programmed identification system messages to map and measure fishing around the world.

New Data and Methods for Measuring Growth

In addition to trends, the Atlas addresses measurement issues. For instance, new, more granular explanations of access to sanitation and water introduced in SDG6 reveal that while nearly 90 percent of the planet has access to “at least basic” water – just 71 percent of access water that is considered “safely controlled,” being both readily available and free of contamination.

In SDG8, new data in the Global Findex Database exposes that 69 percent of adults around the globe have an account at a financial organization or with a portable money provider. However, some 1.7 billion people still lack an account, and access to accounts varies widely by area, and by age, education, gender and wealth.

SDG3 features recently published data on Universal Health Coverage, which indicates that worldwide, in 2010, over 800 million people invested over 10 percent of their household budgets on health care.

Open Data And Open Code

The majority of the Atlas is produced with the statistical programming language R and the ggplot graphics library. The code used to create each picture can be obtained on, and you may see the source code for individual figures like the one below.

Working this way helps customers to understand how a figure was obtained, what alterations were made to the information, and with what assumptions. Additionally, it allows numbers to be maintained and upgraded and for other people to take our data and code, and adapt it to their needs.

Much of the data comes from The World Bank Data API, and a snapshot of the API data used in the Publication, in addition to data from other sources is contained in the Bank’s Data Catalog.


“Education” is at the peak of the world’s development schedule, the UN Sustainable Development Targets, and the focus of this coming 2018 World Development Report of the World Bank. The World Bank monitors perspectives of development specialists worldwide and finds consistently that “education” is perceived as crucial to development at several levels.

In the previous five years, the World Bank’s Country Opinion Survey Program Examined over 25 million opinion leaders in the area of development in all customer countries throughout the world. During 2012-2016, the polls were conducted two or three times in some countries.

“What’s the most significant development priority for your nation?” [1] was one of the subjects to delegates of multilateral/bilateral agencies, local and national authorities, academia, media, the private sector, and the local community in developing nations.

At the international level, — where 57 million kids in the world still stay out of school [2], — “schooling” has emerged among survey respondents as one of the best two growth priorities across the areas.

At the provincial level, — When the statistics are uncovered for Sub-Saharan Africa, where over half of the children aren’t enrolled in school [3], — growth specialists in 30 out of 44 surveyed states indicate “education” one of top three growth priorities.

At the nation level, — Unwrapping the data further, and carrying the conflict-based Democratic Republic of Congo for instance (an estimated 50 percent of out-of-school kids of primary school age reside in conflict-affected regions )[4], — “schooling” is deemed crucial for the country development by majorities of development partners, parliamentarians, top-level officials, and pluralities of respondents from the private sector and academia.

Disability inclusion – securing equal access to urban possibilities for all

What we understand is that nearly 70 percent of the planet’s population will live in towns.

What we need, as pictured through Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11), is that future cities are inclusive, secure, resilient, and sustainable for all — including more than one billion individuals with disabilities.

In conformity with SDG11, the New Urban Agenda is trying to make sure that prospective cities, towns, and necessary urban infrastructures and services tend to be more accessible, environmentally friendly, user-friendly, and inclusive of all people’s needs, including individuals with disabilities.

Cities will need to be designed in a manner that facilitates access for persons with disabilities to services and buildings and increases their chances for economic participation and action.

On February 2018, the requirement for Disability-related urban advancement towns was highlighted at the Ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Throughout the seven-day conference, Participants from all over the world highlighted, among other subjects, the importance of the inclusion of persons with disabilities in urban development.

Disability Inclusion

15 percent of the world’s population, or one billion people, experience some form of disability, and handicap prevalence is essential for developing countries. One-fifth of the expected global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience disabilities.

People with disabilities are more inclined to experience adverse socioeconomic results than individuals without disabilities, for example, poorer health outcomes, education, lower levels of employment, and higher poverty rates.

Barriers to full economic and social inclusion of persons with disabilities include challenging physical environments and transportation, the unavailability of technologies and assistive devices, non-adapted means of communication,  gaps in service delivery, and bias prejudice and stigma in society.

Poverty may raise the risk of inability with malnutrition, poor access to health and education care,  a polluted environment, unsafe working circumstances, and lack of access to sanitation and safe water. The risk of poverty may increase due to a disability, through increased cost of living with a disability, lower salaries, and lack of education and employment opportunities.

Worldwide awareness of disability-inclusive development is rising. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) supports the complete integration of persons with disabilities in communities. In discussing the rights of persons with disabilities, the CRPD references the value of growth of international development. Up to now, 177 countries have approved the CRPD, which provides the power of binding law. In contemporary years, a growing number of bilateral donors also have developed disability policies to direct their aid. Likewise, at the national level, the number of constitutional provisions and disability discrimination legislation has grown significantly.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development clearly demonstrates that disability cannot be a reason or criteria for the need for access to development programming and the recognition of human rights. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) frame includes seven targets, which explicitly relate to people with disabilities, and six additional targets on persons in unsafe conditions, which include persons with disabilities. The SDGs address major developing areas like education social protection, flexibility and mitigation of disasters, transportation, sanitation, and non-discrimination — all of which are crucial areas of work for the World Bank. The New Urban Agenda commits to promoting measures to facilitate equal access to systems, public spaces, technology, facilities, and services for individuals with disabilities in both rural and urban regions.

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