Message from the Director General

The International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS) has formally been established following the official announcement by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his speech at the 75th United Nations General Assembly on September 22, 2020. CBAS will facilitate the implementation of Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and organize global efforts to adopt science, technology, and innovation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As an international research center within the context of a "science for sustainability" framework, it will develop scientific products, methods and technologies from global to local scales to ensure global access to the latest, most reliable information on the SDG indicators. It will also work to mobilize the technological and data resources necessary to analyze and visualize information for informed actions and policies, with fair and open access to all.

Motivated to ensure collective development, CBAS will develop a Big Earth Data platform and operate a series of scientific satellites for SDGs that provide data sources tailored to measuring the SDG indicators. Education initiatives and a think tank will also contribute to existing global efforts towards human resource development and training.

We hope to provide a platform for regional and global multi-stakeholder engagements on issues of common and mutual interests and will seek to enhance global collaboration on data and technology within the United Nations framework.

We invite all our colleagues, partners, individuals, and organizations from all nations interested in big data-driven science towards science driven policies to participate and work together towards collective sustainable development and prosperity.