The world’s most populous region has fallen behind on 37 out of 57 sustainable development targets, with no progress seen in efforts to protect the oceans and forests, reduce inequality or take action on climate change, according to a report from the UN released last week.
The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims at 17 goals (no poverty, zero hunger, quality education and healthcare, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, clean energy, sustainable cities, climate action, life on land and below water, peace, justice and responsible consumption and production) and 169 targets. India needs to address the challenges of productivity loss, food wastage, low agricultural yield, sanitation, poverty, education and healthcare infrastructure, unemployment, gender inequality, energy losses, etc. for GDP growth. Focus on SDGs will automatically help in the economic, sustainable and inclusive growth of the country. As there is a direct connection between penetration of broadband / mobility and GDP, NTP 2018 can provide an enabling vision and policies for this to accelerate.
The Asia-Pacific Business Forum in Hong Kong highlighted the need for massive investment to achieve the SDGs, and the potential for emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence to produce social and economic benefits.
ESCAP and Cyberport, a technology community managed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, jointly organized the two-day meeting on the role of business in sustainable development.