The Role of ICT to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

  • A. Min Tjoa
  • Simon Tjoa
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 481)


This paper is aiming at illustrating the potential of ICT for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals which were declared by the United Nations in 2015 as binding for all nations of our planet addressing both developing and developed countries. ICT must play a significant role if the SDGs should be achieved as projected in 2030. The paper gives an overview of some of the existing efforts in this area and is written as an appeal to all professionals, scientists and IT-professional and their organization to take a holistic approach for all ICT-activities and projects to always include and monitor the effects of their work on the SDGs. The impacts of ICT on sustainability are twofold: On the one hand there might be negative effects on sustainability such as the generation of electronic waste, on the other hand ICT is definitely an enabler to more efficient resource usage, education and business operations which is critical success factor for achieving the SDGs.


Sustainable development goals Millennium development goals WSIS Code of ethics Impact of IT-work on sustainability Karlskrona manifesto 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.St. Pölten University of Applied SciencesSt. PöltenAustria

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