The Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age is a new international vision being co-created by the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) within the United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.
The Action Plan recognizes that digital innovations have the potential to help mitigate the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, toxic pollution and waste, along with health risks and inequality.
The transformational capabilities of these innovations are crucial for the successful implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and in achieving its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. However, three fundamental shifts are necessary preconditions to harness digital technologies to accelerate environmentally and socially sustainable development to achieve this vision:
• Shift 1 Enable alignment: Create the enabling conditions to align the vision, values and objectives of the digital age with sustainable development;
• Shift 2 Mitigate negative impact: Commit to sustainable digitalization that mitigates the negative environmental and social impacts of digital technologies.
• Shift 3 Accelerate innovation: Direct efforts, incentives and investments toward digital innovation that accelerate environmental and social sustainability.