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Digital technologies are the only chance we have to achieve the UN’s SDG by 2030

Nov 04 2021


Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 is highly questionable, as the status quo is difficult to disrupt. Difficult, that is, but not impossible.

A report from 2019, “Digital With a Purpose: Delivering a Smarter2030”, authored by GeSI and Deloitte, framed the value of the information, communication technology (ICT) sector in achieving the SDGs. It is important to keep in mind that the value of ICT is not just in the more efficient use of resources such as water and energy or in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is in monitoring and transparently reporting progress to achieve the SDGs to diverse stakeholder groups such as non-governmental organizations, the public sector, private sector and civil society.

The report draws on input from academics, NGOs and more than 500 use cases, that if these technologies are deployed with positive societal impact in mind, they will help accelerate progress toward the SDGs by 22 percent and mitigate downward trends by 23 percent on average. The report identifies and quantifies how digital technologies can help governments, businesses and philanthropic organizations accelerate their efforts to achieve each of the 17 SDGs.

Seven digital technologies are broadly representative of the way digital capability will evolve in the medium term and for their critical influence on the world. These technologies include digital access, faster internet, cloud, the internet of things (IoT), cognitive, digital reality and blockchain. Of the 169 SDG targets, 103 are directly influenced by these technologies.
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