Information and Communication Technology for Prosperity

Publication | November 2016

ICT for prosperity can ensure access to affordable and clean energy; promote decent work and economic growth; advance industry, innovation, and infrastructure; and reduce inequalities.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7–10 see to prosperity: they mean to ensure access to affordable and clean energy; promote decent work and economic growth; advance industry, innovation, and infrastructure; and reduce inequalities. ICT can quicken upscaling; cut deployment costs; augment awareness, inclusiveness, and engagement; stimulate connectivity, productivity, efficiency, and innovation; and raise quality.

Highlights

  • 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. The SDGs aim for change at the level of the planet, a veritable seismic shift.
  • The revolution in 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.
  • “The clear and present danger of climate change means we cannot burn our way to prosperity. We already rely too heavily on fossil fuels. We need to find a new, sustainable path to the future we want. We need a clean industrial revolution,” said Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations. ICT for prosperity can ensure access to affordable and clean energy; promote decent work and economic growth; advance industry, innovation, and infrastructure; and reduce inequalities.

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  • Information and Communications Technology
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  • ARM168521-2

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