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Sustainable Development (SD)

• “ Development that fulfils the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs ” – UNESCO • Some countries have their own SD plans; others are being guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development • Regardless of the SDG, there is scope for tech – via the 4IR – to support the world realising SD


SD versus 4IR

Pillars of SD • Human – maintaining and improving the human capital in society • Social – preserving social capital and fabric of our societies • Economic – maintaining wealth and improving standard of living • Environmental – protecting the environment to improve human welfare

Potential Consequences of 4IR • Human – increasing inequality, esp. gender inequality • Social – widening of the digital divide, fragmentation, social unrest • Economic – job loss; increasing poverty; declining standard of living • Environmental – increasing pollution; minerals/resources depletion; e-waste



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