The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: a new visual guide to data and development


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The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.

The Atlas is part of the World Development Indicators (WDI) family of products that offer high-quality, cross-country comparable statistics about development and people’s lives around the globe. You can:

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and their associated 169 targets are ambitious. They will be challenging to implement, and challenging to measure. The Atlas offers the perspective of experts in the World Bank on each of the SDGs.

Trends, comparisons + country-level analysis for 17 SDGs  

For example, the interactive treemap below illustrates how the number and distribution of people living in extreme poverty has changed between 1990 and 2013. The reduction in the number of poor in East Asia and Pacific is dramatic, and despite the decline in the Sub-Saharan Africa’s extreme poverty rate to 41 percent in 2013, the region’s population growth means that 389 million people lived on less than $1.90/day in 2013 - 113 million more than in 1990

Note: the light shaded areas in the treemap above represent the largest number of people living in extreme poverty in that country, in a single year, over the period 1990-2013.

Newly published data, methods and approaches for measuring development  

The Atlas includes data that are being published in the WDI for the first time, and discusses various methodological issues. For example, there’s now data on access to clean cooking fuels and technologies, and there are discussions on refining measurements of access to clean water, access to electricity, and establishing better definitions for the term “urban”

It discusses new methods to measure SDG indicators related to universal health care, securing land rights, measuring road accessibility in rural areas. These are so-called “Tier 3” SDG indicators because of new or untested methodologies and insufficient data coverage.

Chapter 11 discusses how the terms “urban” and “rural” have no consistent international definitions in spite of being routinely used to describe environments and the lives of those within them.

Chapter 6 presents data on access to water, and how measurement in this area is evolving. The “unimproved–improved” water source  distinction is being replaced by “safely managed” services in a new monitoring framework.

In Chapter 3, data from the WHO, OECD and World Bank are combined to show that health care financing in many low- and middle-income countries is still dominated by high out-of-pocket expenditures.


The work of a global partnership of statistics professionals  

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals draws on World Development Indicators, a database of over 1,400 indicators for more than 220 economies, many going back more than 50 years. It relies on the work of national and international statistical agencies around the world. The professionals working in these agencies play a crucial role in measuring and quantifying the development process, so that we can all make better decisions about our lives and the scarce resources we all manage.

From the World Bank, the Atlas presents the perspective of subject matter experts in our Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas and of data experts in the World Bank Data team. We’ve worked together to share the best of our institution’s knowledge and data in a manner we hope is engaging, understandable, and that ultimately informs the development community’s thinking.

Accessing the data

All the data in World Development Indicators and The Atlas is available completely free of charge, as part of the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative. A complete list of tools to access, explore, and interact with WDI 2017 and the SDG Atlas are available at and include:


You can follow future blogs based on the WDI and the SDG Atlas here on the The Data Blog, and keep up to date with our latest news via @worldbankdata on Twitter.

Muhammad Mahmud Ahmad
April 17, 2017

I need to be part of those who want be current in sustainable development goals activities at any level.Thanks

Samia Elgabalawi
February 27, 2018

I want to receive recently activities and goals of sustainable development

Samia Elgabalawi
February 27, 2018

I want to receive recently activities and goals of sustainable development

John A. Wells, MBA
August 31, 2017

I am interested in SDG on both the local and international levels

Dr Md. Solaiman Ali Fakir
September 07, 2017

Very nice. How can I copy animated graph, with acknowledging WB.

B N Ramamurti
April 22, 2017

Today, 'sustainable development goal activity' rests on controlling "emissions," for a clean environment. This can be seen from the comment--GLOBAL CO2 EMISSION ROSE 60% BETWEEN 1990-2013(World Bank Group Weekly update). Proven Controlling measures are available. But action is lacking from Govts. Hence, the problem is escalating. Subject can be discussed ( for a global c ause) with exchange of information, B N Ramamurti

April 17, 2017

Thaks for your information.

Petrus C. van Duyne
April 17, 2017

Of prime importance is the population development related to resources and opportunities. All measures will remain in vain if nothing is done about the population growth

Stephen Douglas Fitch Jr.
April 28, 2017

Actually no, the number of children in the world has reached its peak some time ago. Population is not rising uncontrollably. Already the Earth has a TFR of close to 2 children per woman on average, which will mean that the population will stabilize at about 11 million people.

April 17, 2017

Thank you for a Great job well done.

April 18, 2017

I am thankful

Moe Ghashim
April 18, 2017

I would argue that Syria, Iraq and Egypt should be among countries with extreme poverty. Does show otherwise or there is no enough data?

John Africano
April 18, 2017

Interesting data and information

Ada Oko-Williams
April 18, 2017

I would very much like to follow the discussions on the new monitoring framework for water and sanitation.

April 18, 2017

Thank you in advance for sharing this critical information

Ibarakumo Brandon Walson
April 19, 2017

Most sub-Saharan African countries do not have medium and and long term development plans. Scanning through the informationa as it relates to Nigeria, it is observed that the number of people living in extreme poverty increases as the population increases annually. It is therefore necessary for the World Bank to assist states within Nigeria to device strategies to curb the exponential population growth, knowing fully well that the smallest state in Nigeria today is more populated than most countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ravinder Kumar
April 19, 2017

Development of basic infrastructure is more desired for ending poverty at global level. To end poverty, there is need to development of country resources in terms of providing better irrigation facility, electricity, education and development of employment avenues. It can be achieved through good governance. Good governance can be bring through the people of the country by selecting right person or electing right person for the country.
Poor country is always became only subject matter of research. To end the poverty, there is need to provide resources at ground root.

Michael Ferguson
May 25, 2017

Agreed, except most of the poor have zero control over "good governance". I noticed from the map that the number of poor in most countries has come down substantially with the notable exception of those in Africa. Likely because most African countries are run by tyrants and when we provide monetary aid, it is simply snatched-up by these thugs instead of getting to those who really need it. Africa has a wealth of natural resources; instead of working to help them grow fossil-fuel production (the cheapest form of power generation), we are forcing them (because of some unproven computer modelling regarding "climate change") to work toward very expensive solar and wind generation. It is fossil fuel that spurred the amazing growth in the US and Europe to get us where we are. Why are we not assisting them to use the same technology (which today can be made relatively clean) to help them grow their economies. And growing their economies is, in the end, the only thing that will help their poor.

Josefina stubbs
April 19, 2017

Keep me up to date and posted. Very useful tool, congratulations!

Sean Maguire
April 19, 2017


Mohamud Halane
April 19, 2017

It is important to always keep information with the World Bank, I even like the information

Ahmad Mahdavi
April 19, 2017

Thank you, excellent work.

April 19, 2017

Very helpful to work on SDG

April 20, 2017

I need to study this for learning

Thea Weeks
April 21, 2017

Well done! Excellent work!

April 21, 2017

very informative and useful!

Muhammad Siddique
April 23, 2017

It’s really excellent work base on decision oriented information .I also like to produce such kin of atlas for Pakistan.

April 23, 2017

Very interesting, truly global and concentrated , no trills no frills!

Alberto Del Aguila
April 24, 2017

Important information for the monitoring of SDG

Lorena Carrillo
April 24, 2017

Thanks for the useful data!

Nelson Nkwor
April 24, 2017

Nice one! World Bank's open data access policy is good for African researchers.

April 25, 2017

Thank you so much for sharing this very important (educative) information

Mengistu Tessema
April 25, 2017

Thank you. Very helpful data

Julisa Sanchez Montufar
April 29, 2017

It is important to create in Guatemala, Management and Planning for solids waste and waste water, municipalities doesnt have none professional studies because corruption inside municipal corporations and for them environment is not a priority.

Manuel Martínez A.
May 06, 2017

Very good informativos ,thanks

md.masud rana
May 09, 2017

would save land and watear

May 10, 2017

Interesting data. Keep up the good work.

Ebru Alarslan
May 15, 2017

I would like to congratulate to the team of the World Bank for preparing such a fruitful work.

May 24, 2017

Thanks, brilliant.

geraldine peacock
June 01, 2017

Great information!

June 04, 2017

I am very interested to follow discussions on the impact of climate change on wildlife.

June 10, 2017

Extremelu informative.

Pochon Lili
June 19, 2017

I like the presentation of data and information which are so clear and pertinent. The University which I work in has progressive plans to further the cause of SDGs and would be developing new curricula to teach starting next year. We would most welcome such information and perhaps also some guidance.

Adegboye Adeyanju
June 30, 2017

Is this available for download as PDF?

varfin kromah
July 29, 2017

according to this satisties shown ,there not improvement for africa when it comes to water and sanitation.

August 02, 2017

Thank you very much for this useful information, it is very important to have the data for effective evidence based advocacy.We are committed to implementing SDGs

haoli zhao
August 07, 2017

Great job, many thanks for the people who gether those datas, very helpful, indeed.

Bankole Peace
August 09, 2017

Need this for my thesis. Thanks alot..Came in handy.

August 09, 2017

am very grateful exactly what I needed

usman Ibrahim iliyasu
August 10, 2017

I'm so glad to have this information on current issue on under development countries and for your efforts