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ITU Press conference
Date: 13 July 2017
14:00 - 14:45
Organization: ITU
Location: Room III
Subject: Using innovative technologies to achieve the SDGs



Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are changing how the world responds to humanity’s greatest challenges. Artificial intelligence, big data, FinTech, eHealth, and digital connectivity are increasingly providing individuals around the world with access to such vitally important resources as employment opportunities, online banking and healthcare. United Nations leaders are increasingly looking to ICTs to fast-forward efforts to achieve all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Join experts to hear their perspectives and learn about real-time examples of how innovative technology is being used for social good—timed to coincide with the High Level Political Forum in New York City, during which progress on several SDGs is being assessed and 44 countries will present their national voluntary reviews.

The SDG Lab, ITU, UNICEF and WHO will present perspectives on and examples of using innovative technologies to achieve the SDGs.

SDG Lab will highlight the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), taking place in New York City, 10-19 July 2017, and the critical role of ICTs and ITU to support the achievement of the SDGs.


UNICEF will present the latest information on how innovative tech is being used to provide “children on the move” and those left behind by emergencies with access to education.


WHO will present its newest eHealth for Africa initiative.


ITU will launch the timely report Fast-forward progress: Leveraging tech to achieve the Global Goals, in which 27 UN and INGO heads share their perspectives on how and why “ICTs for SDGs” is critical.


The press conference will be broadcast live on webtv.un.org


  • Nadia Isler, Head, SDG Lab Geneva
  • Sally Burnheim, Chief, Advocacy and Innovative Partnerships, UNICEF
  • Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, WHO
  • Phillipa Biggs, Senior Policy Analyst, ITU

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