AI for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals and supporting and promoting action and policy development

Lynn Miller, Mitzi Bolton, Julie Boulton, Michael Mintrom, Ann Nicholson, Christoph Rudiger, Rob Skinner, Rob Raven, Geoffrey I. Webb

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The United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) were ratified with much enthusiasm by all UN member states in 2015. However, subsequent progress to meet these goals has been hampered by a lack of data available to measure the SDG indicators (SDIs), and a lack of evidence-based insights to inform effective policy responses. We outline an interdisciplinary program of research into the use of artificial intelligence techniques to support measurement of the SDIs, using both machine learning methods to model SDI measurements and explainable AI techniques to present the outputs in a human-friendly manner. As well as addressing the technical concerns, we will investigate the governance issues of what forms of evidence, methods of collecting that evidence and means of its communication will most usefully inform effective policy development. By addressing these fundamental challenges, we aim to provide policy makers with the evidence needed to take effective action towards realising the Sustainable Development Goals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE / ITU International Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Good, AI4G 2020
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728170312
ISBN (Print)9781728170329
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Good 2020 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 21 Sep 202025 Sep 2020 (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Good 2020
Abbreviated titleAI4G 2020
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  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Earth Observation
  • Policy Development
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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