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Global Water Resources Data Products to Facilitate UN Water Management

Mar 23, 2023

The 2023 UN Water Conference opened at UN Headquarters in New York on March 22, 2023. The three-day event falls at the halfway point for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include the promise of ensuring all people have access to safe water and sanitation by 2030. 

Seven Global Water Resources Data Products were presented by Prof. GUO Huadong, Director-General of the International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS), to Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, the President of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on the sidelines of the conference.

Mr. Kőrösi pointed out that the data would be of great importance for UN forthcoming global water information system. He also hoped that CBAS strengthen cooperation with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the development of the system by utilizing the data products. He called for CBAS to enhance its contribution in providing scientific support and data evidence for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

CBAS was founded in 2021 and hosted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to monitor scientific indicators for SDGs. 

Earlier in February, Mr. Kőrösi paid a visit to the CBAS during his official visit to China where he met with Prof. Guo and appreciated the efforts of CAS in support of UN SDGs. 
The data products presented by Prof. Guo highlighted the extensive and in-depth research conducted by the scientists from CAS in the areas of water quality improvement, water efficiency, and the water-related ecosystem conservation, as well as the practices of assessing the progress toward SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation on global, regional, and national scales. 

The products include datasets such as global cropland water-use efficiency and the Forel-Ule Index of large lakes, among others. The datasets are available at the website.

The datasets, created and validated using open data sources, are expected to provide data support for the sustainable use of global water resources.

 Prof. GUO Huadong presents the data products to Mr. Csaba Kőrösi.