Announcing the 2020 Storytellers of the Year
Congratulations to the 2020 winners!

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. Our guest judges, including Jeffrey Sachs, Economist and President of SDSN; Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, UN SDG Advocate and Environmental Activist; Alex Tait, The Geographer at the National Geographic Society; and Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri, selected first-, second-, and third-place winners in student and professional tracks. 

The guest judges selected Hidden Realities–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 femicide in Turkey. 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 design.

The first-place winner in the professional track, Segregation is killing us by Territorial Empathy, examined New York City communities most negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the long-term impacts of segregation. The Dene 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 Afghanistan.

Each winning story is featured on SDGs 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, visit

SDGs Today has a new website!

After several months of hard work and dedication, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website. We invite you to visit SDGs Today: The Global Hub for Real-Time SDG Data at The goal of the new design is to create a website that is easy to navigate and encourages users to produce, share, and engage with timely and geospatial data to help ensure that we meet the global goals by 2030.

We would greatly appreciate your help spreading the word about our newly designed website and the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition winners. You may find promotional materials and suggested social media posts via this link. Please follow us on Twitter for more updates: @sdgstoday

We would love to hear your feedback on our new design. Please feel free to reach out to with any questions or comments.

Best wishes,
The SDGs Today team

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Don't forget to join this month's Book Club with Jeffrey Sachs to dive deeper into sustainability issues! This month's book is “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein. On February 24th, join the conversation on segregation in America to learn the forgotten history of government policies that continue to affect the Black community today.
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