Delivering on UN Sustainable Development Goals
Atos Director, Global Strategy Smart X
In 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) were adopted by all UN Member States as a universal call to action to deliver a series of global socioeconomic and environmental ambitions by 2030.
Integration and empowerment
In every case, as citizens, we need to ask ourselves, “Do I really need to travel?”Such choices and decisions have recently been brought into sharp focus as more and more people have needed to work from home. While employers must ensure that the necessary digital workplace solutions are in place, cities must take responsibility for the establishment of communication network backbones in public spaces.
More broadly, green energy strategies include installing infrastructure for distributing locally produced energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels and local waste gasification, and using data to forecast demand and distribute energy. Citizens have a vital role here and cities need clear strategies to support the implementation of multiple technologies for green energy. Imagine if bio-waste from households could be combined with green waste from city parks and turned into energy at the neighborhood level, and the impact this would have on waste collection and management.
Aiding city planning
There are many different facets of planning the resilience of a city. Flooding and stormwater management has become an important topic, with many cities needing to increase their capacity to absorb rainwater instead of draining it off through sewage systems.There has, of course, been another major resilience factor affecting daily lives and the economy of cities. Some years ago, Vienna started implementing an early warning system related to the risks of spreading diseases such as measles in order to ensure the necessary health system responses. Now, we have seen that the city has updated this same system to manage the effects of a virus outbreak.