The guidelines for sustainability until 2030 were created six years ago by the United Nations. Since then, business fabric and the public sector have used the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide their operations.
However, recent times have put barriers in the path that was being taken. The pandemic has set us back, and its damaging effects have blurred us from the goals. Therefore, it is time to reflect, understand what we can do in this new normal to mitigate the Planet’s pains, support those who need us, and find solutions.
From this side, from those who have been building technology for more than 30 years, we believe that software has a tremendous potential to create fairer societies and to progress towards a cleaner planet. But without people’s ingenuity, goodwill, and understanding of the issues, technology becomes meaningless. The problem is thus not a lack of technology but how we use it.
Yet, technological skills coupled with appropriate infrastructure can create skilled jobs and equip individuals with the tools that generate jobs and contribute to the quality of life of their peers. Thus, economic and social prosperity is driven by the excellent use and creation of technology.
Like everything that has tremendous potential for good, technology can also be used for evil, as recent months have shown worldwide. Consequently, peace is an unavoidable topic when we talk about the SDGs. It is essential to discuss the mechanisms that help us reach a level of stability in areas where the value of human life seems to be disregarded by belligerent forces.
Finally, it is also fundamental that we reflect on the damage – often unnecessary – that we have caused to our home, Planet Earth. Let us look at technology as a facilitator of objectives. Let us use artificial intelligence and other highly complex tools favoring a Home that bears as much fruit for our children as it has for us.