In February 2016 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the mobile industry became the first industry to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious plan unanimously adopted in 2015 by all 193 countries in the United Nations General Assembly aiming to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and protect our planet. As part of this commitment, in September 2016 the GSMA published its first Impact Report measuring the industry’s impact on the SDGs. This second report shows the progress our industry has made since in terms of impacting each Goal.
The greatest upward movement in 2016 was in SDGs 3: Good Health and Well-being, 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and 13: Climate Action. For all three, enhanced connectivity, network quality and resilience are the key drivers behind the industry’s increased impact. The Goals where the industry is contributing the most are SDGs 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 13: Climate Action, and 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The overall impact remains lowest for SDGs 14: Life below Water, 2: Zero Hunger, and 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.