SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day
  • By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definition
  • By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance
Mobile Impact: Connectivity can help bridge the economic divide and create opportunities for progress.

More than 60% of households in developing countries do not have internet access. 3G coverage in developing countries is now at 79%, offering the transformative benefits of mobile internet access for the poorest populations.

SDG 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
  • By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
Mobile Impact: Enables smart solutions for both smallholder and industrial farmers.

Agriculture is the main contributor to GDP in emerging markets and the largest global employer. Mobile is uniquely positioned to deliver critical information quickly and affordable financing, enabling farmers to make better informed investments and boost productivity and profit.

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being
  • Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks
Mobile Impact: Extends access to healthcare and develop new mobile-enabled medical solutions.

Mobile can increase the quality, reduce the cost and extend the reach of healthcare to benefit millions.

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes
  • By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
Mobile Impact: Increases access to education and enrich learning experiences.

In remote and underserved areas where 90% of households do not have internet access, mobile can connect teachers and students to educational tools, information and opportunities.

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Key Targets:

  • End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
  • Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decisionmaking in political, economic and public life
  • Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
  • Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
Mobile Impact: Empowers women by increasing access to information, services and opportunity.

200m fewer women than men own mobile phones in low- and middle-income countries. The mobile industry is working to close this gender gap and deliver socio-economic benefits to women such as increased access to financial, health, education and employment services.

SDG 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
  • By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
Mobile Impact: Enables intelligent water management solutions that reduce industrial water consumption.

289m people without access to an improved drinking water source live in areas covered by mobile networks. Mobile technology and services can improve the efficiency of and access to clean water and sanitation services.

SDG 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
  • By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
  • By 2030, expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support
Mobile Impact: Enables smarter, more sustainable grids and intelligent energy management to reduce consumption.

More than half of the 1.2bn people who lack access to electricity are covered by mobile networks. Mobile technology can increase access and efficiency to reliable energy services through mobile payments and smart energy metering solutions.

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Key Targets:

  • Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
  • Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead
Mobile Impact: Accelerate economic growth and enable innovation to create more job opportunities.

In 2016, the mobile industry generated 4.4% of global GDP, a contribution that amounts to over $3.3tn in economic value, and is expected to increase to $4.2tn by 2020.

SDG 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Key Targets:

  • Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all
  • By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities
  • Enhance scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, in particular developing countries, including, by 2030, encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per 1 million people and public and private research and development spending
  • 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
Mobile Impact: Develops and provides resilient platforms that support vital services and enable innovation across the entire economy.

The mobile industry invested $1.2 trillion in mobile networks and infrastructure between 2010 and 2016, and is projected to invest $700bn more by 2020. With greater mobile broadband adoption, mobile operators can continue to deliver innovative solutions in the Internet of Things ecosystem.

SDG 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
Mobile Impact: Connects individuals and communities to increase societal and financial inclusion and create opportunity.

For many, mobile is the first step to inclusive participation in a connected society. Mobile plays a transformational role in social inclusion globally as well as providing access to banking, education, health and formal identity.

SDG 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations
Mobile Impact: Innovation to provide mission critical communications for key services in every community.

Mobile networks provide life-saving connectivity in the face of natural disasters or unrest, and can be used to increase resilience through early warning systems, SIM-enabled monitoring and big data analytics.

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Key Targets:

  • By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  • Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
  • Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production
  • By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature
Mobile Impact: Helps industry collaborate and innovate and reduce environmental impact.

Mobile operators use renewable energy sources to power more than 43k off-grid sites in developing countries, reducing diesel consumption by 2.5bn litres per year.

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Key Targets:

  • Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities
Mobile Impact: Connectivity can help reduce the environmental footprint, and enable remote climate change measurement.

Mobile technology has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in other sectors - including transportation, buildings and electrical utilities - by about five times its own carbon footprint.

SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Key Targets:

  • By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
  • Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Mobile Impact: Helps sustain marine life and environments through monitoring solutions.

Internet of Things (IoT) technology using mobile networks for connectivity is being used to monitor environmental conditions in aquaculture, helping conserve and sustain marine resources.

SDG 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Key Targets:

  • By 2020, integrate ecosystem and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes, poverty reduction strategies and accounts
Mobile Impact: Enables better understanding of holistic ecosystems.

Mobile networks are enabling smarter mAgri initiatives aimed at improving crop yields while reducing water consumption, as well as using monitoring networks to prevent deforestation.

SDG 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Key Targets:

  • Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms
  • Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
  • Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels
  • Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance
  • By 2030, provide legal identity for all, including birth registration
Mobile Impact: Makes it easier for citizens to connect to their communities and government institutions.

The mobile industry is actively participating in addressing global policy issues, promoting and role modelling the values of responsible business.

SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Key Targets:

  • Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
  • 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
  • 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
  • Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
  • Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
Mobile Impact: Actively embraces partnerships and support the implementation of the SDGs.

Working in partnership with the mobile ecosystem and other key stakeholders, mobile operators play a significant role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

What are the SDGs?

Launched in September 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs aim to end poverty, halt climate change and fight injustice and inequality by 2030. These goals are relevant in developed and developing countries globally. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 13 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society.

To learn more about the UN SDGs, visit their official website.


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