Sustainable Development Goals and Digital Earth
Moderator: Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse
Sustainable Development is one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity and one of the highest priorities of the UN. Achieving Sustainable Development is also one of the most difficult tasks. The complexity of achieving non-crisis development was clearly demonstrated by the events of 2020. The emergence of new types of threats and risks that threaten humanity as a whole — such as COVID019 — clearly demonstrated the fragility and vulnerability of the sustainability achieved, and the inconsistent action taken to combat the threats has led to a severe global economic crisis that poses new challenges. It is based on ineffective decision-making, poor situational awareness, a lack of science-based methodology for global management and a lack of understanding of the nature of threats and risks to humanity in general.
Ensuring truly Sustainable Development requires the creation of an information system based on the Digital Earth as the only approach that ensures the seamless integration of information in a single spatial and temporal environment. The integration of heterogeneous information in the Digital Earth and the formation of a single spatial and temporal framework for making responsible decisions is the only window for overcoming the ever worsening crisis of modern civilisation.
The session is expected to consider, among other issues, the following: