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Natural Resources, Global Biodiversity, Weather Radar Data, the ideas are endless.

Explore the datasets available on AWS to create solutions that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Below you will find some examples of how AWS customers are using open data and AWS Cloud technology to contribute tools and knowledge that help us advance towards meeting the goals.

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 1 seeks to end poverty everywhere for everyone living on less than $1.25 a day by 2030. Implementing national social protection system for th epoor and vulnerable in addition to ensuring has equal rights to economic and natural resources and technology and financial services.


 Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 2 seeks to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition and to achieve sustainable food production by 2030. It is premised on the idea that everyone should have access to sufficient nutritious food, which will require widespread promotion of sustainable agriculture, a doubling of agricultural productivity, increased investments and properly functioning food markets.

Example Bringing world-class satellite imagery to smallholder farmers with open data | DigiFarm uses open data on AWS and AWS Cloud technology in precision farming to make agricultural practices more sustainable and efficient.


 Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 6 goes beyond drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to also address the quality and sustainability of water resources. Achieving this Goal, which is critical to the survival of people and the planet, means expanding international cooperation and garnering the support of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.

Example BlueDot Observatory – keeping an eye on our planet’s water resources | Using satellite imagery available through AWS and the AWS Cloud, BlueDot Observatory is establishing a global monitoring system for all at-risk water bodies.


 Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 7 seeks to promote broader energy access and increased use of renewable energy, including through enhanced international cooperation and expanded infrastructure and technology for clean energy.

Example Solcast: Solar irradiance forecasting for the solar powered future | Solcast produces real-time, historical and forecast estimates of the available solar radiation resources around the globe.


 Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 9 focuses on the promotion of infrastructure development, industrialization and innovation. This can be accomplished through enhanced international and domestic financial, technological and technical support, research and innovation, and increased access to information and communication technology.

Example Communicating a national flood risk assessment using AWS | First Street created a nationwide assessment of flood risk for the CONUS and DC, and is now sharing that assessment through Flood Factor™.


 Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 11 aims to renew and plan cities and other human settlements in a way that fosters community cohesion and personal security while stimulating innovation and employment.

Example Enabling rapid COVID-19 and air pollution analysis across the globe with OpenAQ and AWS | Urban Emissions accesses data from the OpenAQ platform to determine how Delhi and cities across India have been impacted by the nationwide lockdown in response to COVID-19.


 Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Climate change presents the single biggest threat to development, and its widespread, unprecedented effects disproportionately burden the poorest and the most vulnerable. Urgent action is needed not only to combat climate change and its impacts, but also to build resilience in responding to climate-related hazards and natural disasters. 

Example Leveraging the cloud for rapid climate risk assessments | Four Twenty Seven builds tools and services that help bring climate data to public and private organizations so they can better understand their exposure to climate hazards and manage risk in their communities.


 Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

This Goal seeks to promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems, prevent marine pollution and increase the economic benefits to small island developing States and LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources.

Example Assessing the ocean’s health by monitoring shark populations | OCEARCH is a data-centric organization built to help scientists collect previously unattainable data about the ocean. Their mission is to accelerate the ocean’s return to balance and abundance, through innovation in scientific research, education, outreach, and policy, using unique collaborations of individuals and organizations in the US and abroad. 


 Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 15 focuses on managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded lands and successfully combating desertification, reducing degraded natural habitats and ending biodiversity loss. All of these efforts in combination will help ensure that livelihoods are preserved for those that depend directly on forests and other ecosystems, that biodiversity will thrive, and that the benefits of these natural resources will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Example How African leaders use open data to fight deforestation and illegal mining | DE Africa operates a free and user-friendly Earth observation (EO) data service that provides African policymakers with insights into a range of challenges, from natural resource management to the impacts of climate change.