GSMA highlights mobile industry progress in achieving SDGs

 

I am proud of the strong progress that we are making, but we must continue to amplify and accelerate our collective efforts to realise the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA.

The GSMA yesterday published the ‘2017 Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals’, at the United Nations General Assembly Week, the second annual study assessing the mobile industry’s impact in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In addition to measuring the progress that the mobile industry is making against the SDGs, the report also noted several commitments and initiatives that the GSMA and its members will focus on delivering over the next year, contributing to further success with the SDGs.

“Mobile operators around the world are working to deploy mobile-enabled solutions that drive greater inclusion in cities and remote communities, enable access to essential services such as health and education, create employment opportunities and empower people with the tools to reduce poverty and inequality. I am proud of the strong progress that we are making, but we must continue to amplify and accelerate our collective efforts to realise the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA.

The latest report finds that during 2016, the mobile industry increased its impact across all 17 SDGs, with the greatest improvement in SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and SDG 13 (Climate Action). The study identified three key trends that contributed to this positive progress:

Better Networks – Mobile operators have invested heavily in expanding infrastructure and improving quality of service.



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