ICT (Information and communication technology) has played a major role as an engine and enabler of economic and social progress in recent decades, delivering multiple benefits to society. Huawei introduces a white paper that seeks to explore the relationship between ICT and sustainable development. Specifically, the seminar will investigate SDGs which potentially have a strong relationship to ICT, and thus are most likely to be achieved by 2030 with support from ICT. It will provide a seminal study that explores country performance on SDGs and ICT development, that can provide insights on the successful application of ICT for sustainable development. The report highlights lessons from national initiatives with country case studies.
Mr Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU, Switzerland
Mr Robert Hansor, Corporate Sustainability Principal, Huawei, China
Ms Rochelle March, Manager, SustainAbility, United States
ICT infrastructure has become a public good which people, businesses, and governments depend upon. However, if society is serious about delivering the SDGs, there is no choice but to direct resources and policies to make the Internet universally accessible in the fullest sense. Huawei works with its partners every day, everywhere, to help complete this unfinished task. This report demonstrates the extraordinary contribution ICT is able to make and the steps needed to optimize its impact.
Achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require a step change in information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, access and affordability. This report explores the nexus between ICT and sustainable development and shows clearly that ICT needs to be aligned with policies that support the SDGs, informed by international good practice, and rooted in the national context and local development priorities. Huawei has undertaken this in-depth analysis in the hope that this report can provide a practical understanding of the role ICT can play in achieving the SDGs, as well as offer strategies to optimize ICT infrastructure further so that the global goals can be achieved by 2030.
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