Google Earth and the MDGs: Together at Last

The United Nations teamed up with Cisco Systems and Google to launch this funky new website that, among other things, uses Google Earth to track progress (or lack there of) on the Millennium Development Goals. Using Google Earth, you can click on the capital of a country to learn statistics like: the percentage of the population that earns under a dollar a day, the percent of children enrolled in primary school, annual GDP growth, and interestingly, carbon dioxide emissions per capita. The pop-up also provides a link back to the original website, MDG Monitor, where you can get more detailed information on the country’s progress toward meeting various development goals. See, for example, country profiles for Mongolia and Cote D’Ivoire.

Funny enough, each pop-up map comes with a disclaimer: “The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.”