Research Resources on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


The SDGs Resource Guide is complied by Mr. Junghoon Park, Ph.D. Candidate in Management, Baruch College, the City University of New York, co-author of the articles Implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in international business and The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals: Pros and cons for managers of multinationals
Reviewed by Dr. Matthew Caulfield, Assistant Professor in the Management Department at WCU.
Edited by Grace Liu, Assistant Professor, Business Librarian at WCU.

SDG Data Sources

1) United Nations SDG Global Database 

  • “SDG Global Database gives you access to data on more than 210 SDG indicators for countries across the globe by indicator, country, region or time period.” 

2) SDG Index and Dashboards 

  • Measure the aggregate SDGs performance of all the United Nations member states. Data are available from 2016. 

3) World Bank Databank on the SDGs 

4) SDG Tracker 

  • “Our SDG Tracker presents data across all available indicators from the Our World in Data database, using official statistics from the UN and other international organizations. It is a free, open-access publication that tracks global progress towards the SDGs and allows people around the world to hold their governments accountable to achieving the agreed goals.” 

5) Global data lab 

  • “This dashboard shows for each SDG the relevant subnational indicators that are available at the GDL website. The data button connects with the GDL download page for the indicator. With the map button you can visualize the indicator at an interactive map. The report button offers the possibility to download an overview of all indicators per SDG for a specific area or country. The ranking button shows the rank of the area or country on the indicator between all LMIC regions.” 

6) International Labor Organization (ILO)’s Labor statistics for the SDGs 

  • “As a custodian agency, the ILO reports to the UN data for 14 SDG indicators, grouped under 5 of the 17 Goals. Moreover, the ILO’s role in strengthening countries’ capacity for producing high-quality labour statistics has become even more crucial.” 

7) The Open SDG Data Hub 

8) SDG Data Alliance 

  • “Using the power of purpose-driven collaboration, globally recognized geospatial frameworks, and leading GIS technology, this influential group of partners will accelerate achievement of the SDGs by creating 17 SDG Data Hubs across developing nations in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Based on geospatial frameworks & technology, the data hubs will assist developing countries in measuring, monitoring & reporting on their progress toward reducing inequality & will empower people to ensure inclusiveness and equality.” 

9) SDGs Today 

  • “The platform aims to provide a snapshot of the state of sustainable development around the world right now, whilst enabling users to access and engage with timely data on sustainable development, obtain GIS training and resources, and learn how to use the data effectively to drive action on the Goals.” 

10) Asia-Pacific SDG Partnership 

11) The United States National Statistics for the UN SDGs 

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