Information and communications technologies for sustainable development goals: State-of-the-art, needs and perspectives

Jinsong Wu, Song Guo, Huawei Huang, William Liu, Yong Xiang

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In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly accepted the 2030 Development Agenda, which has included 92 paragraphs, and the Paragraph 91 defined 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets. The goal of this paper is to discover the correlations among SDGs and information and communications technologies (ICTs). This paper discusses the roles and opportunities that ICTs play in pursuing the SDGs. We identify a number of research gaps to those three pillars, social, economic, and environmental perspectives, of sustainable development. After extensive literature reviews on the SDG-related research initiatives and activities, we find that the majority of contributions to SDGs recognized by the IEEE and ACM research communities have mainly focused on the technical aspects while there are lack of the holistic social good perspectives. Therefore, there are essential and urgent needs to raise the awareness and call for attentions on how to innovate and energize ICTs in order to best assist all nations to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8306870
Pages (from-to)2389-2406
Number of pages18
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • information and communications technologies
  • Sustainable development goals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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