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From Bits to Bytes – Scaling Sustainable Development

Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

How ICT can help meet the Sustainable Development Goals

GeSI, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, comprises over 30 of the world’s leading ICT companies. This session will provide a preview of the results of GeSI’s project on the ICT sector's opportunity to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs and related targets.
This session will focus on two main aspects:
a) New findings from GeSI’s project on the contribution potential of the ICT sector across all SDGs with a focus on education (SDG4), health (SDG3), work and growth (SDG8), industrialization and innovation (SDG9), sustainable cities (SDG11) and climate action (SDG13). Speakers will illustrate the key findings of the in-depth analysis and provide concrete examples of successful ICT-enabled solutions;
b) Engagement Roadmap for GeSI and its member companies on current barriers to wider ICT adoption, measures to overcome them, and the private sector action agenda to harness the power of ICT towards the SDGs.



Speakers / panellists

[Subject to changes]

- Malcolm Johnson, ITU

- Luis Neves, Deutsche Telekom

- Philipp Buddemeier, Accenture Strategy


Link to WSIS Action Lines
  • C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • C6. Enabling environment

The project whose preview will be the main focus of this session intends to analyse not only the opportunities linked to ICT for the SDGs, but also the measures needed to overcome the current barriers to uptake. These include the development of an environment and regulatory framework better taking into account the specificities of the technology, and helping build users’ trust; investment in infrastructure; and an active role to play for stakeholders on different levels (policymakers, end-users, and businesses).

Link to the Sustainable Development Process
  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The GeSI project presented in this session included a high-level assessment of all 17 Goals as well as a deep-dive evaluation focused on a selected number of SDGs. These were identified through a prioritization process evaluating i) their disruption potential (i.e. the potential positive impact on people’s quality of life, equitable growth and environment protection); and ii) their relevance in terms of business opportunities. Those ranked highest are the main focus of the project and therefore of the dedicated Information Session.

Session 162
  • Monday, 13:15 – 14:00
  • Room C1, ITU Tower
  • Information Session

WSIS Forum 2016 | WSIS Action Lines: Supporting the Implementation of SDGs
2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland