A real-time view of SDG interest and action

Should education beyond grade school be optional for children?

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Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and accomplishing sustainable development. Today, enrolment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91%. However, 103 million youth worldwide still lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60% of them are women.

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Source: United Nations

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals have outlined what it will take to ensure the prosperity of people and planet. The World Pulse turns Twitter conversations on SDG-related topics into a heartbeat, allowing us to see the strength of SDG interest and action in real time.

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No Poverty

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1900 and 2015, 836 million are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

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Zero Hunger

A world with zero hunger can positively impact our economies, health, education, equality and social development. It’s a key piece of building a better future for everyone.

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Good Health and Well-Being

Huge strides have been made in reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Each day, efforts are bringing us closer to a world where every individual is given a chance at a healthy life, no matter where you were born.

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Quality Education

Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. Total enrolment rates are up, there has been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls in school than ever before.

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Gender Equality

Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also crucial to accelerating sustainable development. It has been proven time and again that empowering women and girls drives economic growth and development across the board.

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Clean Water and Sanitation

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of people around the world, an alarming figure projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Although water sanitation has improved worldwide, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem.

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Affordable and Clean Energy

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Sustainable energy is opportunity – it transforms lives, economies and the planet.

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Decent Work and Economic Growth

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. Sustainable growth requires the creation of quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment.

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Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half of the world population now living in cities, mass transport, renewable energy and information technologies are becoming ever more important.

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Reduced Inequalities

While income inequality between countries have been reduced, inequality within countries has risen. To reduce inequality, policies will need to be universal, addressing the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

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Sustainable Cities and Communities

About half of the world’s people now live in urban areas. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

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Responsible Consumption and Production

Each year, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food ends up rotting in the bins of consumers and retailers, or spoiling due to poor transportation and harvesting practices. By promoting sustainable consumption, we can “do more and better with less,” increasing net welfare gains while reducing resource use, degradation and pollution along the entire supply chain.

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Climate Action

There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are now more than 50% higher than their 1990 level, fueling the global warming that threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now.

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Life Below Water

The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole, and to counterbalance the effects of climate change.

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Life on Land

Human life depends on the land as much as the ocean. Plants provide 80% of our diet, and we rely on agriculture as an economic resource and means of development. Forests account for 30% of the Earth’s surface, providing vital habitats and sources for clean air and water.

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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law, we cannot hope to achieve sustainable development. While some regions enjoy sustained levels of peace, security and prosperity, others fall into seemingly endless cycles of conflict and violence.

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Partnerships for the Goals

The SDGs can only be realized with a strong commitment to global partnership and cooperation. This includes assistance on the ground, as well as innovative public/private partnerships for informed solutions, better information and new development and applications of technology.

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Learn More

What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SGD)?

In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 goals to preserve and protect our planet. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are guiding a united effort to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change. ​Learn more about the goals​.

What is The World Pulse?

The World Pulse is the first real-time view of the “health” of the SDGs — and our planet’s future. It analyzes conversations from Twitter to measure interest levels on SDG-related topics which are then visualized as a heartbeat. By sharing our support of the SDGs through social media, we help spread the word about them. This powers the pulse and helps to save our world.

How does it work?

The pulse data visualization is generated through real-time social media analysis. Twitter API is used to search for tweets that contain specific hashtags related to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This allows us to map how many people are interested in the issues and topics around each of the Goals. Monitoring these conversations helps us understand how effective SDG efforts are, ultimately helping us see whether we’ll be able to meet the Goals.

Why use social data?

Social data is a powerful tool. Analyzing it allows us to understand how many people are talking about a specific subject. It shows us how quickly or slowly an idea can spread. It even allows us to understand how people feel (their sentiment) about a certain subject. Tracking social conversations over time can show us whether people all over the world are changing to more sustainable ways and helping us to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Why did we do this project

Western Digital and Domestic Data Streamers are proud to support the United Nations and the 193 countries committed to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. We believe that data is a catalyst for change and a purveyor of possibilities. Together, we have designed the World Pulse to make the data accessible, so that and the real-time health of the SDGs can be easily understood by anyone. To learn more about how Western Digital is championing data-driven innovations, visit DataMakesPossible.com​.

We also invite any organization conducting SDGs efforts to utilize the World Pulse to help bring those efforts to life and invite you to ​contact us​ if you are interested in partnering.