“To ensure that the benefits of technological innovation are shared by all, we need policy responses and business decisions that are guided by the commitment to end extreme poverty, curb inequalities, and fast-track progress for the people who have been left furthest behind.” Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator
You don’t need to look far or long to see how digital technology is transforming our world. The availability of more and faster internet connections, satellite data and imagery, plus advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have made our lives and our economies unrecognizable from just a generation ago.
These innovations and others offer new means of addressing complex global challenges, with the potential to unlock long-term and sustainable prosperity for people and planet. However, this unprecedented transformation also poses a serious risk of widening the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” and fuelling even greater inequalities both between and within countries.
As part of our commitment to leave no one behind, UNDP is engaging with these issues from both a programmatic and policy perspective. We’re harnessing technology and innovation to deliver more and better results in the countries and communities where we work. We’re also seeking opportunities to put transformative technologies in the hands of the poor and marginalized.