In July 2020,
the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN),
launched SDGs Today:
The Global Hub for Real-Time SDG Data
in partnership with Esri and the National Geographic Society
to advance the production of real-time data for the SDGs.
Following the launch, Esri and SDSN hosted a
2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition
for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The competition encouraged storytellers globally to build
SDG-related stories with the ArcGIS StoryMaps product.
including Jeffrey Sachs, Economist and President of SDSN;
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim,
UN SDG Advocate and Environmental Activist;
The Geographer at the National Geographic Society;
Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri,
selected first-, second-, and third-place winners in
student and professional tracks.
The guest judges selected
–a collaboration among Columbia University,
University of California Los Angeles, and Emerson College
students–as the first-place student winner for its
compelling infographics and personal narratives about
iBanker Kendal Regency,
the second-place student winner by Universitas Negeri
Semarang students in Indonesia, analyzed the impacts of
weather and natural disaster on agricultural lands.
And in third place, the judges chose the
What you CAN’T see in the Tennessee River
story by a University of Tennessee Knoxville student for
crafting environmental messages in an engaging, custom
The first-place winner in the professional
is killing us
by Territorial Empathy, examined New York City communities
most negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the long-term
impacts of segregation.
Kʼéh Kusān story,
the second-place winner by the Dena Kayeh Institute in
Canada, offered an indigenous knowledge and science-based
justification for the protection of Dene Kʼéh Kusān as an
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area.
And in Keeping
up with the Kuchis,
England-based Alcis earned a third-place win for taking
readers on a 3D journey with the nomadic Kuchis in
Each winning story is featured on
Today: The Global Hub for Real-Time SDG Data,
SDSN’s newly designed website that features timely data on
sustainable development measures.
To learn more about the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition
for the SDGs, and to find resources
to tell #yourSDGstory,