ICC 2018 ICT Policy Statement

ICT, Policy and Sustainable Economic Development 2018

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for several advances by the year 2030. Although access to and deployment of information communication technology (ICT) are cited as specific targets in only four of the SDGs (4, 5, 9 and 17), ICT plays a role in the realization of all of the SDGs.

The statement has been updated to include examples of the SDGs under review by the United Nations this year. Progress on these SDGs will be discussed during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum and the SDG Business Forum taking place this week in New York. This policy statement will illustrate how ICT is equipping populations with tools to relieve poverty, access education, provide healthcare and reduce CO₂ emissions.

 Overview of the components needed to leverage ICT for sustainable economic development and their inter-relationship

SDGs diagram

The diagram presents an overview of the components needed to leverage ICT for sustainable economic development and their inter-relationship. This diagram will be used throughout this policy statement to underscore the ways in which policy choices within and across each of these components can impact the potential of ICT to be leveraged for societal benefit.

  • At the centre, the infrastructure, applications and services, and user engagement layers make up the ICT ecosystem. These highlight the foundational role of ICT and how the different ICT functions are built on top of each other to deliver value to users.
  • The multi-coloured ring represents the different policy issues (economic, technical, social/cultural, governance) that arise through the use and development of ICT. These policy issues can be overlapping and need the experience and expertise of relevant stakeholders: business, civil society, technical community and government to be addressed effectively.
  • The ring around the policy issues represents the stakeholder groups that should collaborate to address evolving policy issues at hand.
  • The outer layer represents sustainable economic development opportunity, and as the diagram suggests, this is dependent on the intrinsic layers: involvement of all relevant stakeholders in policy-making and an interoperable, open, seamless and secure ICT ecosystem where the user engagement, application and services, and infrastructure lie at the core.

To provide further context on each of the layers and how the components work together, the document will present each component in greater detail alongside examples drawn from specific SDGs. In the final section, the ecosystem will be revisited in full to present how ICT can be leveraged.

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