Digital solutions can close the SDG achievement gap by transforming how we live and work.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envision a world without poverty or hunger, in which high-quality healthcare and education are available to all, where gender inequalities have been abolished, where economic growth does not harm the environment and where peace and freedom reign all over the world. This new GeSI research quantifies the scale of the transformation needed: every country has achievement gaps in more than half of SDGs and over a quarter of countries have achievement gaps in all 17 SDGs. GeSI’s research furthermore finds that digital solutions from all areas of life can directly contribute to SDG achievement: to all 17 goals and over 50 per cent of the 169 targets. Digital solutions can close the SDG achievement gap by transforming how we live and work. Digital solutions diffuse at un-precedented speed and reach while increasing access to goods and services in a more people-centric, affordable and sustainable way. Consider the fact that today only 17 per cent of Sub-Sahara’s rural population can connect to an electricity grid, over 130 years after grids were invented. But digital works at a different speed: Seventy per cent of the Sub-Saharan population has access to a digital mobile network, just 23 years after the first digital networks became available. Compared to the electricity grid, this is 23 times higher diffusion speed and reach, which is exactly the transforma-tive power required to achieve the SDGs. 

Status of the world analysis results - performance towards SDG achievement in per cent of countries

The key findings of the GeSI research are accessible on the dedicated website, systemtransformation-sdg.gesi.org. Additional premium content is also available to all interested members and stakeholders – for more information, please contact us at info@gesi.org.


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