Dr. Orville Disdier

Dr. Orville Disdier, SI interim executive director, explained that the portal will measure Puerto Rico's status towards achieving the UN's 2030 goals. >Josian E. Bruno Gómez

The Puerto Rico Statistics Institute (SI) joined forces with the United Nations Association of the United States of America, Puerto Rico chapter (UNA-USA Puerto Rico) to ensure that the island has a set of indicators to measure its standing on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) approved by the UN.

With this goals, the SI launched a digital portal to publish the indicators that will measure, for the first time, the SDGs in Puerto Rico.

There are 17 SDGs with a total of more than 100 indicators: no poverty; zero hunger; good health and well-being; quality education; gender equality; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation, and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; responsible consumption; climate action; life below water; life on land; peace, justice, and strong institutions; partnerships.

Ricardo Arzuaga Chaves, executive director of UNA-USA Puerto Rico, explained that the SDGs were approved in 2015 by the 193 state members of the UN and represent a framework of global action with specific, measurable goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and guarantee that all peoples enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

"This type of alliance will help us collect data and statistics to generate the greatest number of indicators so that Puerto Rico can be included in the multiple international sources of information, so that it can compare its progress to other countries and jurisdictions worldwide," Dr. Orville M. Disdier, the SI's interim executive director, stated.

The portal includes a section called 'Exemplary Projects,' whose purpose is to highlight those organizations or individuals who are working directly or indirectly toward achieving SDGs in Puerto Rico.

Ana G. Jara, project manager for the SI, said that this "will allow the people to have access to data and they can learn about the multiple projects that are being made in Puerto Rico to achieve these goals."

One of these projects is related to the SDG for quality education, created by a special education teacher, Bryan M. Rivera Medina. The goal of this project, called 'Reading Faces,' is to ensure that students have an emotional education for socio-emotional bonding and to ensure access to functional and academic skills; this, by means of artificial intelligence (AI).

To learn more about these and other projects, as well as the program's goals, visit www.ods.estadisticas.pr.

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Editor's note: An extended version of this story will be published on the October 9 print edition of The Weekly Journal.

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