On Thursday, 18 October, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser spoke at the plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations about the effect that rapid technological advances have on fulfilment of the UN’s sustainable development goals.
“If we wish to achieve the sustainable development goals set by the UN, we cannot avoid global digitalisation. We must perceive new technologies as new opportunities,” said Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. “Implementation of e-solutions makes governance more effective and the corresponding processes more transparent. It creates greater trust in the state and the society becomes more involved. E-solutions also stimulate economic growth and reduce geographical restrictions,” he added.
“Estonia is convinced that e-solutions result in emphatic progress in various spheres of life, including education, employment, entrepreneurship and health care. These are vital components in achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals,” stressed the Foreign Minister. “The Estonian experience shows that the benefit that comes with digitalising processes far outweighs the possible risks,” he said. The Foreign Minister then provided some positive examples like digital signatures, electronic submission of tax returns, and e-voting.
“We have shared our e-governance experience with many countries and we intend to continue doing so,” said the Foreign Minister. “Recently Estonia launched a joint project with the United Nations Development Programme with the aim of sharing Estonia’s e-governance experience with almost 170 countries and territories,” mentioned Sven Mikser. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs allocated 102,000 euros for this project.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were adopted on 25 September 2015 in the declaration titled “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The primary goals are to eradicate poverty, combat climate change and inequality and ensure good quality of life for all people. The total of 17 goals are divided into 169 targets.
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