Global digital change should be designed to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Up to now, hopes that digitalization would make a contribution to achieving these goals has not materialized. Only if digital change and the Transformation towards Sustainability are constructively interlinked we can make progress with environmental protection, climate-change mitigation and human development. The prerequisite is to systematically embed the combined topic of digitalization and sustainability in the United Nations system. The High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is currently meeting in New York, offers an ideal platform for this, according to a policy paper entitled ‘Digital Momentum for the UN Sustainability Agenda in the 21st Century, which is published by the WBGU today.
The WBGU would like to introduce into the discussion four ideas directly related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).