An innovative new data platform launches to support all local organisations helping Liverpool’s furthest behind.
Global Goals Week: Liverpool - Monday 20th September at 1pm, sees the virtual unveiling of Liverpool’s SDG Data Platform - an exciting open-source tool that combines national and local data across key elements of economic, social and environmental statistics. The platform is based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework and has been created in a collaboration between Liverpool based 2030hub and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
2030hub was successful in securing ONS support for the city after emerging as the preferred location from four other applicant cities, leading to the creation of the UK’s second supported SDG data platform following Bristol’s successful pilot back in 2020.
Liverpool now joins a select group of countries and cities using the OpenSDG platform that also includes the United Kingdom, United States of America, Germany, Rwanda, Los Angeles, Barcelona, and Bristol. Local Authorities often have trouble producing and accessing sub-national data and 2030hub’s successful application was noted for the importance placed on ensuring wider community engagement beyond Local Authorities and public sector, and also the city’s record of multi-stakeholder SDG commitments and activity.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has national data for 82% of the 247 SDG indicators, and also reports national progress through the Open SDG data platform, which is used by over 30 countries, cities, and regions around the world.
Liverpool’s SDG Data Platform is launched as part of the opening of Global Goals Week: Liverpool - a week of local celebration, activism and action to accelerate progress across all locally relevant sustainability challenges.
Becca Briggs, Deputy Director for Strategy, Synthesis and Coordination, Office for National Statistics:
“We are really pleased that over 30 countries and local authorities are using Open SDG - a platform for managing and publishing data from across Government and beyond, to report on SDGs. Last year, we helped Bristol set up their own data site using Open SDG, and over the summer, we have worked with the 2030hub to develop a website for Liverpool to achieve the same. This is helping to provide insight into society and richer data, to support progress towards achieving the SDGs”.
Stephen Sykes, Director, 2030hub said:
“It is a testament to so much hard work done by so many local grassroots and leadership stakeholders that ONS selected 2030hub and Liverpool as the next city to be supported with an SDG data platform.
Robust and transparent information is the key to the effective planning and delivery of anything. By using the Sustainable Development Goals framework and acting independently but also engaging with all local stakeholders this platform will quickly evolve into a powerful tool for all. This initiative will perfectly support the City of Liverpool’s 2020 commitment to produce an SDG Voluntary Local Review.”
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Notes to editors:
Global Goals Week: Liverpool
2030hub are a global partner for this is an annual event running in parallel with the United Nations www.globalgoalsweek.org (#GlobalGoals) campaign, consisting of events, announcements and promotion of all local activities and stakeholders connected to SDGs.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.
Based in Liverpool, 2030hub is the world’s first UN-recognised Local2030 Hub (www.local2030.org), accelerating sustainable cities and businesses using the SDGs and BCorp, through strategic support, research, communications and community engagement.