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ITU Report "Fast-forward progress: Leveraging tech to achieve the Global Goals" Showcases Role of ICTs in Accelerating SDG Achievement

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The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) launched a report titled, ‘Fast-forward progress: Leveraging tech to achieve the Global Goals" that shares perspectives from 20 UN heads on how Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are critical for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Credits: ITU

The report presents five key findings and recommendations:

  1. No one must remain offline
  2. ICTs are an accelerator for innovation and change
  3. ICTs must support human needs during crises
  4. ICT-enabled services must reach the poorest and most marginalized
  5. New, innovative and multi-stakeholder partnerships must be created to realize the SDGs and ensure a coordinated approach to leveraging ICTs to achieve the SDGs

Regarding the SDGs, the ITU Report highlights how ICTs can contribute to the SDGs:

  • SDG 1 (no poverty) by helping to provide access to financial services
  • SDG 2 (zero hunger) by implementing an e-agriculture strategy
  • SDG 3 (good health and well-being) by providing better connectivity and e-health initiatives
  • SDG 5 (gender equality) by focusing on closing the gender digital divide
  • SDG 9 (infrastructure, industrialization and innovation)
  • SDG 14 (life below water) by increasing scientific knowledge of oceans and marine life

"As the UN's specialized agency for ICTs, ITU has a crucial and unique role to play in the achievement of SDG9 – and in connecting the world's 3.9 billion unconnected," said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

ITU has developed an online platform that outlines the opportunities for ICTs to be leveraged in support of the SDGs at: www.itu.int/ict4sdg

Download the Report here