The GSMA partnered with the United Nations and non-profit organisation Project Everyone to launch a new mobile app, designed to increase awareness of and engagement with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In a statement, the organisations said the app will provide a global forum “through which industry, governments and individual citizens can collectively realise the promise of the SDGs”.
The UN’s 17 SDGs form part of the bodies’ 2030 agenda for sustainable development, and was unanimously adopted by world leaders at a summit last year.
It aims to ensure governments align priorities and work together with the private sector and civil society to end poverty, address inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.
Mats Granryd, director general at GSMA, said the agenda set forth by the SDGs is “far reaching and ambitious”, and believes that “mobile networks have the power to accelerate this journey in a way that no other technology can”.
“Through this partnership with the United Nations and Project Everyone, we are able to engage industry, governments and individuals in working together to achieve the SDGs.”
The ‘SDGs in Action’ app is described as a “dynamic, collaborative tool” that puts the spotlight on how innovation is helping to achieve the goals. Android and iOS versions are available.
It also includes the latest news of goals around the world, as well as case studies that illustrate the mobile industry’s impact in the drive towards SDGs.
The UN also provided detailed information on each of the 17 goals, and includes associated targets, explanatory videos, key data and suggestions on how people can take action to achieve them.
“Features such as sharing, likes, scoring and a leader board are designed to drive engagement with the app and increase global activity to achieve the SDGs,” added the statement.