SDGS in Action thanks to new smartphone app

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Cristina Gallach (center), Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public information, David Nabarro (left), Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and Mats Granryd (right), Director-General of Groupe Special Mobile Association (GSMA), brief journalists on the new mobile app on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).UN Photo/Manuel Elias

Smartphones are helping to bring about a sustainable global future.

By using a new mobile phone application unveiled at the UN this week, people worldwide can learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can make them a reality.

Priyanka Shankar has the story.

The SDGs in Action app highlights the Sustainable Development Goals, described as a to-do list for the planet.

The 17 goals aim to eliminate extreme poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle the effects of climate change.

The app was developed by the UN in partnership with GSMA; an association which represents the interests of nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide; together with Project Everyone, a non-profit global campaign.

David Nabarro is Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

"When I'm travelling with the Secretary-General he often says to me that it is inclusion within the Internet that makes it possible for people everywhere to be part of the development experience. And we see that over and over again. And I'd really like to appreciate the way in which GSMA is enabling people everywhere to be part of the Sustainable Development experience, and I believe will really contribute massively to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

The app features detailed information about each of the goals, as well as explanatory videos and suggestions on how to take action.

Users can also receive notifications about their favourite goals.

Priyankar Shankar, United Nations.

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