The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report presents a revised and updated assessment of countries’ distance to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). World Bank data on social and economic indicators. A new online mapping application developed by SPC, and called PopGIS3, has been released in Tonga – the first Pacific Island country to benefit from this technology. Biogas generation using agriculture and animal products has promising potential for Tonga and the Pacific Islands, if pursued through a well-defined circular economy strategy. Innovative community and skill development projects are aiding rural and isolated communities in Tonga to fight poverty and build social cohesion. The Ministry is the lead government agency for the promotion of technology and innovation as an enabler of national development.