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UN News - On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development

UN News - On World Telecommunication Day, UN hails role of IT in sustainable development | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Urging governments, businesses and civil society leaders to develop new technologies that have a lasting social impact in his message for the Day, the UN chief highlighted that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals specifically call for employing information and communication technology (ICT) to realize the overall vision of a life of dignity for all people. 
“These technologies provide smart solutions to address climate change, hunger, poverty and other global challenges,” the Secretary-General said. “They are key instruments for providing mobile health care and access to education, empowering women, improving efficiencies in industrial and agricultural production, and safeguarding the environment.”

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UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon calls us to harness the power of technology to create a better future for all. How are you addressing this in your business?

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UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability

UN News - ‘Old habits die hard,’ UN deputy chief tells Environment Assembly, urging action towards sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

He also said that environmental concerns must be addressed in a much more integrated and horizontal way as they are inextricably connected to economic considerations, to social development, to human rights...

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Supply chain sustainability is a giant lever for changing those 'old habits'!

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Achieving Sustainable Development Goals to Eradicate Human Trafficking and Forced Labor: New Global Organization Alliance 8.7 Launched | Justmeans

Alliance 8.7 was launched on September 21 during the UN General Assembly in support of meeting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8.7, to “take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms”. It aims to coordinate diverse stakeholder support and diverse resources to shape solutions for achieving SDG 8.7.
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Human rights abuses continue to proliferate in all regions of the world and more countries are enforcing criminal penalties for human trafficking. Global companies have started to publicly show their commitment to end these abuses; are you following the movement?

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