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Environmental indicators and 2030 Agenda discussed in meeting at IBGE

Section: IBGE

December 12, 2017 05h25 PM | Last Updated: December 13, 2017 12h28 PM

The IBGE hosts a meeting this week involving national statistical offices and ministries of environment of Latin American and Caribbean countries. The meeting will discuss about the creation of data, access to environmental information and cooperation on the Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs that comprise the United Nations´2030 Agenda.

Taking place in Rio de Janeiro up to December 15, the workshop is also promoted by the UN Environment and by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean - ECLAC, as well as by the Ministry of Environment - MMA.

Roberto Olinto, president of the IBGE, opened the meeting, as well as the director of Geosciences, Wadih Scandar Neto, and representatives from ECLAC, UN Environment and the MMA. A total of 50 attendees will share their experiences, challenges and best practices in the area of production and dissemination of environmental and sustainable development indicators along five days.

#praCegoVer Participantes do workshop realizado no IBGE

Wadih Scandar Neto (at left), director of Geosciences, and representatives of attending entities

"Cooperation between institutions is a key issue when we deal with environmental information. The different ways to obtain primary information is one of the characteristics: direct, remote, through satellite. Each institution has different ways to obtain data and produce its statistics. This meeting has the merit of integrating the institutions", explains Wadih in the opening session.

"We are confident that its possible by way of cooperation. I think we will arrive at a good outcome. There are a number of initiatives to produce data and indicators. Monitoring the SDGs is a huge challenge for every country", highlighted Wadih.

This meeting is one more step in the formulation of indicators that help to monitor the 169 targets of the 17 SDGs established by the United Nations. They are key for the countries to know where they are in the search for fulfilling the 2030 Agenda.

Besides the discussion about the SDGs, the seminar is an opportunity to foster the cooperation in the production and dissemination of information on the environment. The standardization of these data is a challenge, since the Latin American and Caribbean countries have different realities.

Text: Rodrigo Paradella
Images: Álvaro Vasconcelos

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