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Using Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve SDGs: UN Report Features IAEA Initiatives

(Video: L. Potterton/IAEA)

An ITU report detailing how information and communication technologies are changing lives and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was released today in Geneva.

The report, titled Fast-forward progress: Leveraging tech to achieve the global goals, was written as a collaborative effort between 29 UN programmes, specialized agencies and international organizations and was prefaced by the United Nations Secretary-General.

It highlights the risks and opportunities in using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to achieve the SDGs and includes concrete examples from various agencies of the UN system, including the IAEA, on how these technologies maximise the impact of their work.

In the area of good health and well-being, the IAEA uses modern technologies to help share knowledge and experiences through webinars, e-learning modules, recorded seminars and online trainings, and has established various online initiatives including a Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCCnet) and a Human Health Campus.

The IAEA also helps Member States to apply new technologies in the design, procurement and construction of new nuclear power plants using Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems, and has developed a Marine Information System (MARiS) which assists Member States in the analysis and monitoring of marine contaminants through nuclear techniques.

The IAEA plays an active part in helping Member States achieve the SDGs. Through the peaceful uses of nuclear technology, it works with countries to reach goals related to, among others, reducing poverty and hunger, improving human health, access to clean water, and affordable and clean energy.

The full report is available here.

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