Mobile operators adopt UN's sustainability goals
The mobile industry has adopted the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as it aims to reach 2 billion people currently without access to mobile phones. Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of GSMA, an association of 800 mobile operators around the world, told Mobile World Congress Shanghai participants that the United Nations is “so excited” by the mobile industry delivering the varieties on the 17 SDG.
UN recognises that the goal targets set by 2030 would not be realised without support of the mobile industry, he said. For many, it is “not mobile first but mobile only” as the services can fill in gaps where hard infrastructures are not readily in place, said Mittal.
Mats Granryd, director-general of GSMA, disclosed that 16 mobile operators around the world have come together to use “Big Data” for social goods. They will use the data to address unresolved global major challenges.
Mittal's Bharti mobile, one of India's largest, as well as hardware makers such as Huawei showed samples of services reaching remote areas in terms of m-banking and smart water management to ease leakages.
GSMA has also launched the first Chinese-language version of its SDG in Action app, which aims to raise awareness of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals designed to end extreme poverty and inequality, and limit global climate change by 2030.
SDG in Action is an augmented reality game available for iOS and Android smartphones, which encourages attendees to collect SDG 'goals' from various targets situated throughout the venue halls and so learn more about the UN programme.