Global Initiative on “A Digital Planet for Sustainability”

Die Erdkugel mit der blauen Atmosphäre vor dem schwarzen WeltallClick to enlarge
Die Digitalisierung kann eine Chance für den Umwelt- und Klimaschutz sein
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UBA together with UNDP, UNEP, Future Earth and ISC started the initiative A Digital Planet for Sustainability, which brings together science community, governmental institutions, UN Bodies, tech companies, and civil society. Because digitalization creates new opportunities for implementing the 2030 agenda and the UN's sustainability goals - and thus also for environmental and climate protection.

Thinking digitalization and SDGs together

The aim of the joint initiative on a "Digital Planet for Sustainability" is to embrace the opportunities of present and future digital solutions to reach the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and beyond. This requires designing adequate infrastructural and institutional settings of local and global governance for sustainable digital societies, improving our research capacities in this newly emerging field of digital sustainability and sustainable digitalization, and developing capabilities for better and equitable implementation and private sector partnerships. It is further necessary to renew the discussion on the ethical transition to the digital planet based on the principles of human rights and – in accordance with the obligation of the Member States of the UN – leaving no one behind.

Bringing visions together

The discussion on forced joint action is based on outcomes of an international virtual workshop on 22 and 23 June 2020, hosted by the German Environment Agency together with a number of selected institutions and initiatives. A group of experts and institutions in digitalization and sustainability from science, politics, national authorities and the tech organizations created a discussion on the vision for the Digital Planet for Sustainability, the current landscape, gaps and needs, and actions that can be taken to accelerate the transformation towards just, sustainable digital societies.

Further events and action


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