The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.
What are the SDGs?
- Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
- Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and the planet.
- For sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and all are crucial for the well-being of individuals and societies.
- Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. To this end, there must be promotion of sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all, reducing inequalities, raising basic standards of living, fostering equitable social development and inclusion, and promoting integrated and sustainable livelyhoods.
How are they to be achieved and monitored?
- A revitalized global partnership at the global level is needed to support national efforts. This is recognized in the 2030 Agenda.
- Multi-stakeholder partnerships have been recognized as an important component of strategies that seek to mobilize all stakeholders around the new agenda.
- At the global level, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets of the new agenda will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators. The global indicator framework for Sustainable Development Goals was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed upon at the 48th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission held in March 2017.
- The follow-up and review process will be informed by an annual SDG Progress Report to be prepared by the United Nations Secretary-General.
The Tortora Brayda Institute Think Tank for SDGs is picking the Goals that can be influenced by our stakeholders, namely Government and the Private sector Technology actors as presented by our 3 technology tracks:
Council Focus areas include:
- 5.B Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women.
- 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
- 9.B Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities
- 9.C Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020
- 17.7 Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
- 17.8 Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology
The Goals and targets within those goals that we believe we can influence positively are:
- Promoting technology that levels the playing field in the workplace and education
- How can our technology sector help improve employment opportunities, and ensure inclusion, diversity and equal pay for equal work?
- How can silicon valley help grow technology innovation and export trade of products or services from developing nations?
- How can we leverage channel to deliver the right products at the right price point to enable the digitalization of developing nations (Public sector, private sector & consumers)
- How can we leverage Academic alliances, and private sector work experience to help build more capacity in developing nations.
- How can technology companies come together to support conservation and ecological industry in developing countries?
- How can partnerships across stakeholder segments and across nations be better driven to achieve the SDG?
The Tortora Brayda Institute UN Sustainable Development Goal Think Tank is represented by a single council where all stakeholders can come together and layout actionable strategies. This council meets on a quarterly basis. At the start of the calendar year, council members vote on the focus areas as guided by the United Nations Organization. Tortora Brayda Institute for Partnership Excellence will provide council members with broad insights from expert panel research on focus areas, these will form the basis for the discussions and deliberations of the councils. The objective will be for the council to produce and publish a quarterly report outlining best practices and recommending actionable plans that would benefit the private and public strategy.
Our proximity to Silicon Valley means that this council will do its utmost to leverage the full might of the technology sector in aid of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.