Vol 8, No 3 (2017) > Editorials >

The Role of Technology in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Mohammed Ali Berawi

 

Abstract: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations (2015) consist of 17 global goals with 169 targets. These include actions to end poverty, improve health and education, and promote prosperity and well-being by considering environmental sustainability. In fact, the SDGs cover multiple dimensions of development, including social welfare (e.g., education, health, poverty), economic growth (e.g., production and employment, clean energy, industries and infrastructure), environmental sustainability (e.g., ecosystem, water and sanitation, climate change), and effective regulatory rules and governance (e.g., accountability, justice).

The 2030 Agenda principle of a “no one will be left behind” philosophy requires global partnership and participation in an integration of environmental, social, economic, and governance dimensions in the process of development.

Technology development plays a significant role in achieving SDG targets by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of new and more sustainable ways of development. The creation of new technologies that foster research and stimulate innovation is thus required. These processes can be boosted by strengthened knowledge-sharing and collaboration amongst stakeholders in both national and international contexts.

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