The mobile industry shows its commitment for the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The GSMA (the association representing the interests of mobile operators worldwide) has launched a global non-profit campaign to increase awareness of and engagement with the SDGs. This was done in collaboration with the United Nations and with non-profit communication agency Project Everyone. The launch took place at the 2016 Social Good Summit in New York on Sept 19th.
Together, these players have developed and launched two publications: the "2016 Mobile Industry Impact Report: SDGs" and a mobile app called "SDGs in Action".
The "Mobile Industry Impact Report" links the mobile industry’s activities to the SDGs and their targets, and assesses the impact of these activities on them. It offers critical insights into the transformative impact of the mobile industry on individuals, societies and economies around the world, in developed and developing markets.
The "SDGs in Action" app aims at providing a global forum through which industry, governments and individual citizens can be supported in jointly realizing the promise of all 17 goals.
Information and communication technology has the potential to contribute to each goal – it can also help achieving the goals faster. Focussing on mobile solutions like the GSMA does with its initiative and publications, it shows how i.e. the mobile internet contribute to a community’s economic, social and political development. Deutsche Telekom contributed to both publications, sharing "Good Practices" and "Impact Stories". Also, many of the "impact stories" told by other operators also apply to markets in which Deutsche Telekom operates.