Digital technology has the potential to significantly contribute to the progress of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To effectively harness this potential, a focused approach at the national and international levels is required, along with ambitious policies, funding approaches, and mitigation of associated risks.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are key leading and collaborating agencies in this effort. They recognize that digital technology remains an underutilized tool in unlocking SDG progress. To address this, they have come together to unveil an SDG Digital Acceleration Agenda, showcasing game-changing digital solutions.
To further advance the SDGs, the Secretary General is organizing an SDG Action Weekend, which includes the SDG Mobilization Day and the SDG Acceleration Day. These events provide an opportunity for stakeholders, UN entities, and Member States to convene at the United Nations Headquarters, set specific commitments, and drive SDG transformation between now and 2030.
The SDG Mobilization Day focuses on gathering stakeholders from all sectors to mobilize towards an ambitious SDG Summit and UN General Assembly High-Level Week. It is a platform for collaboration and generating momentum towards SDG achievement.
The SDG Acceleration Day aims to propel stakeholders from ambition to action, highlighting High Impact Initiatives such as the Generation Equality campaign and cross-SDG impact catalyzers like SDG Digital. These initiatives demonstrate how collective efforts can accelerate progress towards the SDGs.
The SDG Summit, scheduled for 18-19 September, is a critical milestone in the SDG journey, marking the mid-point towards achieving the goals. Its objective is to secure breakthroughs and sustained momentum towards SDG achievement 2030.
In conclusion, digital technology holds immense potential to drive progress towards the SDGs. The collaboration between ITU, UNDP, and other stakeholders, as well as the commitment demonstrated during the SDG Action Weekend, provides a platform for accelerating collective achievement and transforming societies towards a sustainable future.
– SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global goals adopted all United Nations Member States to achieve a more sustainable future for all.
– ITU: International Telecommunication Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on issues related to information and communication technology.
– UNDP: United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations’ global development network.
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