Launched in September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a 17-point plan to end poverty, halt climate change and fight injustice and inequality by 2030. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 13 years. The SDGs have set us on an incredible path to solving the greatest challenges of our time.
The mobile industry is committed to achieving the SDGs. Together, with governments, the private sector and civil society, mobile is Discovering a Better Future. Today.
For 2018, the GSMA has partnered with Barcelona artists, Brosmind, to illustrate the unique role mobile is playing in supporting the SDGs. Each character creates a visual representation of the mobile industry impact in supporting the goals. The SDG characters are your guides to MWC Shanghai 2018, and to how we can discover a #betterfuture together.
#SDG1 aims to eradicate extreme poverty around the world and ensure everyone has equal access to economic resources including new technology and financial services.
Mobile connectivity can help bridge the economic divide and create opportunities for progress.
#SDG2 aims to end malnutrition especially among women and children, and sustainable food production and agricultural practices.
Mobile enables smart solutions for both smallholder and industrial farmers.
#SDG3 aims to prevent and treat diseases faster, and strengthen all countries to be more prepared and respond quicker to national and global health risks.
Mobile connectivity extends access to healthcare and enables smarter medical solutions.
#SDG4 aims to ensure free, quality education for all girls and boys and increase vocational and technical skills among youth and adults.
Mobile increases access to education and enriches learning experiences through greater access to information.
#SDG5 aims to end all discrimination against women and girls, create equal rights and opportunities and enhance the use of ICT for women empowerment.
Mobile connectivity empowers women by increasing access to information, services and opportunity.
#SDG6 aims to improve the quality and access to fresh water for everyone and increase water-use efficiency across all sectors.
Mobile enables intelligent water management solutions that reduce industrial water consumption.
#SDG7 aims to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, expand infrastructure and technology for modern and sustainable energy and enhance international cooperation towards more efficient renewable energy.
Mobile connectivity enables smarter, more sustainable grids and intelligent energy management to reduce consumption.
#SDG8 aims to improve economic productivity and diversification and increase resource efficiency towards sustainable consumption and production.
The mobile industry accelerates economic growth and enables innovation to create more job opportunities.
#SDG9 aims to develop and upgrade reliable and resilient infrastructure across all industries, enhance scientific research and technology capabilities and ensure universal access to the internet.
The mobile industry develops and provides resilient platforms that support vital services and enable innovation across the entire economy.
#SDG10 aims to empower and promote social, political and economic inclusion for all.
Mobile connects individuals and communities to increase societal and financial inclusion and create opportunity.
#SDG11 aims to reduce the impact of disasters on societies and economies, with a focus on protecting the most vulnerable populations.
Mobile innovation provides mission critical communications for key services in every community.
#SDG12 aims to achieve sustainable management and use of natural resources, encourage companies to adopt more efficient production practices and increase global awareness of responsible consumption and sustainable lifestyles.
Mobile connectivity helps all industries collaborate and innovate to reduce environmental impact.
#SDG13 aims to promote education of climate change and its impact and improve systems to reduce the risk and impact of climate change on at-risk communities and nations.
Mobile connectivity can help reduce the environmental footprint, and enable remote climate change measurement.
#SDG14 aims to conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas by 2020 and increase scientific knowledge of marine biodiversity and preservation.
Mobile connectivity helps sustain marine life and environments through M2M monitoring solutions.
#SDG15 aims to integrate ecosystem and biodiversity preservation into local and national planning and development agendas by 2020.
Mobile solutions have the power to improve the management of e-waste and reduce negative impacts on the environment.
#SDG16 aims to reduce corruption, increase transparency in all institutions, strengthen political participation and provide legal identity for all by 2030.
Mobile makes it easier for citizens to connect to their communities and government institutions including through digital identity solutions.
#SDG17 aims to enhance sustainable development practices globally through ICT and innovative technologies and to encourage public, public-private and civil society partnerships and collaboration towards the Goals.
The mobile industry actively embraces partnerships and supports the implementation of the SDGs.