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ICTs for a Sustainable World #ICT4SDG

Goal 17. Implementation

ICTs for a Sustainable World
Partnerships for the goals

‘The spread of ICTs and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies.’

This statement comes from paragraph 15 of the Final Outcome Document on sustainable development, produced by the UN’s Open Working Group, charged with developing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, and demonstrates the importance of ICTs in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

Indeed, ICTs will clearly be crucial in achieving all of the SDGs, since ICTs integrate and accelerate all three pillars of sustainable development – economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability – as well as providing an innovative and effective means of implementation in today’s inter-connected world.

In terms of specifically strengthening the means of implementation, ICTs have a key role to play through: enhancing international cooperation and coordination; promoting technology transfer; capacity building; forging multi-stakeholder partnerships; and enabling and improving data monitoring and accountability.


Case study – Switzerland