Information and Communication Technology for Peace and Partnership
ICT for peace and partnership can promote peace, justice, and strong institutions and strengthen partnerships for the global goals.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 16–17 see to peace and partnership: they mean to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions and strengthen the partnerships for the global goals. ICT can find direct and multiple applications across each SDG: it is an existing and already widely deployed set of technologies that can be mobilized to both boost and scale improvements; it ought to be a crucial enabler, particularly if it helps poorer countries leapfrog development milestones.
- The challenges of the 21st century are daunting: global economic growth per person led by emerging economies and a population that topped 7.3 billion in 2015 put great stress on Earth’s ecosystems, even as the agenda of the Millennium Development Goals remains unfinished. So, the Sustainable Development Goals aim for change at the level of the planet, a veritable seismic shift.
- The revolution in information and communication technology (ICT) provides the most powerful tool yet. Properly deployed, directed, and extended, ICT can be a tool for common good and accelerate action on the global goals.
- “World peace is not something that can be realized simply by politicians signing treaties, or by business leaders creating economic cooperation. True and lasting peace will be realized only by forging bonds of trust between people at the deepest level, in the depths of their very lives,” said Daisuke Ikeda, a Buddhist philosopher. ICT for peace and partnership can promote peace, justice, and strong institutions and strengthen partnerships for the global goals.