Cross-cutting role of ICTs for SDGs

SDGs continue to shape ITU’s mission and day to day work. The cross-cutting nature of topics influenced by technological advances requires a multifaceted approach to mitigate and minimize the risks of a technological divide and to support greater inclusivity. Examples of ICTs supporting SDGs include:

e-Health: - ITU-WHO “Be Healthy, Be Mobile” initiative continues to provide support to ten countries to run mHealth projects for tobacco cessation, diabetes, cervical cancer and respiratory diseases. See more


Intelligent transport systems (ITS). The Collaboration on ITS Communication Standards (CITS) meeting was held on 7 September 2018 in China. See more


Earth exploration-satellite, Meteorological-satellite, Space Research and Radio-astronomy services: characteristics, protection/sharing, including manned research, data relay, nano satellites, enabling prediction of weather, monitoring of Earth’s resources and understanding climate change. See more


Maritime and aeronautical systems operational characteristics, identities and protection, including wireless avionics and global flight tracking.


Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) – led by ITU, the World Bank Group and CPMI, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – is a three-year programme to advance research in digital finance and expand financial inclusion in developing countries. The second FIGI Symposium was held in Cairo, Egypt, 22 to 24 January 2019. See more


Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign led by ILO and ITU. See more


ITU Journal: ICT Discoveries special issue on Data for Good was published in March 2019. See more


Case study: Safe listening of music players: ITU-T collaboration with WHO. See more