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The Technology Role in the Development of Vulnerable States

How the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Has Helped to Create a Plan of Action for Peace

June 10th, 2016
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The Heads of State and Government and High Representatives met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 25th of September until the 27th of September 2015, during the Organization’s seventieth anniversary. During the meeting, they decided on new Sustainable Development Goals and created the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks, inter alia, to end poverty and hunger and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality in a healthy environment.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action that seeks to strengthen universal peace and to create a larger degree of freedom. Their objective is to make all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, to implement this plan. They are also resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. In this project, no one will be left behind: they announced that they had 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, demonstrating the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda.

The 17 goals seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

Technology plays an important role in the Agenda. Point 15 states that ‘The spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, as does scientific and technological innovation across areas as diverse as medicine and energy.’

Their objective is to ensure, by 2030, that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights and access to appropriate new technology. However, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, cautioned that science, technology and innovation cannot be confined to the use of new technologies or software, rather, innovation is a mindset and an attitude.
 

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Cultural Diplomacy News
Marina Bartolomé, CD News