The Catalytic Role of ICTs in the #Post2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

This post from the ITU picks up on an important theme of the post-2015 era and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You might ask “what have information communications technologies got to do with sustainability?” Well, they are a vital enabler of sustainable health services, for example, and can be used in numerous ways to help people in poor and remote areas access health advice and care.

mHealth via mobile phone services is a growing force in countries such as Kenya, where Safaricom is using its Jamii Smart alerts product to send alerts and reminders to mothers and health workers regarding clinic visits, expected delivery dates, immunisation schedules and other information (Source: Saving Lives Protecting Futures. Progress Report on the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Every Women Every Child, March 2015).

The ITU Blog

CatalyticRole-BlogIn 2000, the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanized global efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. The development agenda framework outlined 21 measurable targets across eight goals on issues such as poverty, health, environment and gender equality to be achieved over a 15 year timeframe.

As the MDGs reach their conclusion, the UN will build on this successful groundwork to agree a new set of development goals and targets for the post-2015 era at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. An outcome document was produced by the Open Working Group (OWG) of Member States on Sustainable Development in July 2014, outlining 17 goals and 169 targets as a basis for the September 2015 negotiations.

The integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) is vital to the achievement of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Not only are ICTs a platform which integrate and…

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