The International Cartographic Association (ICA) and its commissions highlighted the value of cartography by “mapping” the UN sustainable development goals and provided map perspective on the sustainable development goals: http://icaci.org/maps-and-sustainable-development-goals/.
One example: Inequalities can have a strong geographic component and maps are a powerful tool to understand factors and plan measures to address such issues, see here.

About fjbehr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz-Josef Behr, Professor of Geoinformatics at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences (http://www.gis-management.de/). His specializations include * Internet, Internet GIS * XML, GML, SVG * Data exchange and Interoperability * Visualization * Open Source Solutions * Consulting Member of the DIN working group NA 005-03-03 AA "Arbeitsausschuss Kartographie und Geoinformation" (Sp CEN/TC 287+ISO/TC 211). He is the author of two authoritative books on GIS in German, one is "Strategisches GIS-Management", published by Wichmann Verlag (2004). The second is "Einführung in Geographische Informationssysteme" (1997).

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