New UN live tool reviews global green progress

The UN has launched a new platform to review the world’s progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dubbed ‘Environment Live’, the knowledge platform has been designed […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The UN has launched a new platform to review the world’s progress towards the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dubbed ‘Environment Live’, the knowledge platform has been designed to collect, process and share the world’s best environmental science and research to keep the green goals under review.

The SDGs aim to strengthen resilience to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

The new platform provides real-time open data access to policymakers and the general public, with the aim of translating the knowledge into “good political and socio-economic decisions”.

According to UN Environment, the platform is particularly important as policymaking “in the dark”, under high levels of uncertainty and without concrete data, carries high risks and transactional costs which need to be minimised.

It adds: “Environment Live provides people a greater voice in policy development and monitoring, which is crucial to an inclusive green economy.

“Through the platform’s applications, multimedia content and digital publishing tools, users will have access to data from multiple verified sources and data providers.”

The UN recently warned climate change is emerging as one of the biggest threats to global security and launched a global campaign to eliminate marine litter.