Humanity is at a cross-roads. Rapid developments, fuelled by technological innovations, have helped to bring unprecedented wealth to many parts of the world over the last century and nearly unlimited opportunities for personal development and increased wellbeing. But this expansion has come at a cost to the planet and the people.
In an increasingly connected world, billions yearn for progress and have the legitimate aspirations of having the same opportunities as the well-off members of the global society. This hope is embodied in Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Achieving the SDGs by 2030 is just not possible with the current development model. We need a new story line, a narrative that takes into account the natural boundaries of the planet we all share, while at the same time embracing the opportunities that new technologies offer us. We launched G-STIC to strengthen and direct technological innovation to help the world achieve the SDGs, working across national and sectoral boundaries.