The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
According to the United Nations, “the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected and often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The concerted efforts of national governments, the international community, civil society and the private sector have helped expand hope and opportunity for people everywhere. Yet the job is unfinished for millions of people. We need to go the last mile on ending hunger, improving health services and giving people easy access to knowledge, improving and easing access to financial services and achieving digital equity. These efforts require robust regulatory and legal frameworks to make them hold – we therefore must shift our region onto a sustainable path.”
Following the above, and in light of agenda 2030, SS17 will bring together members of the ICT community from governments, non-governmental organisations, academia, industry and other professional associations to explore how ICT could play a major role in transforming and enhancing human development and achieve sustained growth.
Industry and technology suppliers will be given an opportunity to exhibit their technologies and solutions, particularly those demonstrating contributions towards digital equity and sustained growth.
Information Technology has been described as the great revolution of the 21st century. There is no denying that not only has Information Technology contributed immensely to improving the quality of life of most citizens in the world but has contributed to the ability of business to innovate, work more efficiently, learners have been taken out of classrooms to learn from the comforts of their homes, brick and mortar in financial institutions is soon becoming a thing of the past as customers bank from anywhere as long as they have a mobile ICT gadget, Server rooms are on their way out, Smart City/IOT or more generally “big brother” is here and unstoppable. In healthcare, it is now possible to predict disease hotspots and the use of advanced ICT driven treatments and surgeries have prolonged lives for many. In agriculture, it is now possible to use GPS equipped implements to promote economic use of inputs. The list is long and these are just a few examples brought about by the ICT revolution.
How could ICT become an economic and human transformative agent to help achieve the SDGs in the next decade and half?
Some answers sought on:
What impact will ICT have on business of the future?
What impact would this have on the worker of the future?
What impact can be expected on nations’ economic activities?
What impact can be expected on nations and their communities as they find themselves caught in the ICT revolution web?
The Computer Society of Zimbabwe Summer School 2017 shall focus on how ICT can play a focal role in transforming human capacities, business, and communities, but essentially, what needs to happen for the intended yields to be enjoyed and contribute sustainably to the SDGs.
Summer School 2017 shall be structured such that delegates do not miss the key-note presentations. The global goals-themed key-note presentations will be deliberately selected to cover essential development themes of Southern Africa; but equally apply beyond the region, and the streams selected are the following:
Education and Learning
Youths in ICT
View Summer School 2017 topic Streams