Capacity Building


Capacity-building is the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world. An essential ingredient in capacity-building is transformation that is generated and sustained over time from within; transformation of this kind goes beyond performing tasks to changing mindsets and attitudes.

How does Capacity Building contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?


ARIES is committed to transformation from within. Goal 17 includes targets for capacity-building, including increasing technology and innovation in least developed countries and improving data collection and monitoring for the achievement of the SDGs themselves. ARIES in collaboration with the think tank of the UN, DESA, serves as an international sector hub of capacity-building through research, innovation and data and models’ integration.

Partnerships for the goals

About the ARIES for SEEA Sector Hub


The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), through ARIES, serves as the first UN global hub for capacity-building and training for researchers, statisticians and data scientists in connecting data and models, since 2022. Founded in 2008, BC3 is an international research centre located in Bilbao, Spain.

Its vision is to achieve sustainable development by advancing transdisciplinary knowledge on climate change causes and impacts relevant to decision-making. To accomplish that, BC3 relies on a multidisciplinary team of researchers, climate change experts and tech savvy professionals providing the interoperability of data and models in the field of environmental-economic accounting and sustainability worldwide.

As part of an ongoing strategy in service of the SEEA community, BC3 established the ARIES for SEEA Sector Hub, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Statistics Division of UNDESA, and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC). It is responsible for supporting the global statistical community which, in response to the need for monitoring and analysis of global sustainability, can contribute to the establishment of internal capacity that will lead to a global digital commons devoted to the scientific knowledge of Earth and its sustainability.

BC3 will also co-host together with the Spanish Government and the Basque Government the 8th International Conference on Big Data and Data Science on 10-14 June, 2024.