Digitization and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be in an interesting and mutually beneficial relationship. There is a huge potential in digitization to find more sustainable ways of life, such as in education, food supply and nutrition, energy or mobility. Digitization is not an end in itself. It must be sustainably designed and not just lead to job losses.
However, digitization also plays a crucial role in achieving the SDGs, as stated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in its “Toolkit - Digitization in Development Cooperation and International Cooperation in Education, Culture and the Media”, where it explicitly refers to the four sub goals “Education”, “Gender Equality”, “Infrastructure, Industrialization, Innovation” and “Partnerships”.
This symposium will examine how SDGs and digitization mutually enter into fruitful and sustainable exchange relations, and how Japanese and German companies can contribute here. Reference to the SDGs is explicit in Japan’s concept paper Society 5.0.