Enabling the Global Goals
Evidence of digital solutions‘ impact on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
At the report launch, May 2015 in Bonn, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres stated: “The SMARTer2030 report comes six months before the crucial United Nations climate change conference in Paris in 2015. The long term outcome of the new agreement requires a peaking of global emissions in ten years’ time and a dramatic bending of the emissions curve thereafter. This report underlines the pivotal role of ICT in assisting to achieve these aims.”
The world’s political leaders have taken important steps to address the challenge of climate change with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on November 4, 2015. A core part of this agenda is to de-link economic growth from resource use, especially energy consumption. The deployment of ICT solutions is vital to the meaningful achievement of this agenda.
Fowllowing the Paris historical Agreement signature in Deceember 2015, GeSI established the SMARTer2030 Action Coalition which was launched on November 17, 2016 at COP22 in Marrakesh, Morocco with the purpose of bringing together the relevant actors: ICT industry, business, policymakers and civil society actors whose involvement is needed to make the SMArter2030 vision a reality. Led by GeSI, the Coalition mission is to support the achievement of the goals set by the Paris Agreement through public awareness, education, and mobilization.