ICT for Societal Challenges

ICT for societal challenges addresses societal challenges through digital innovation and communication technology while practically improving lives and enabling sustainable development. 


Bioeconomy refers to the application of biotechnology to production, in order to offer solutions for the many health and resource-based problems that face the globe. Some major components of bioeconomy thus far are advanced knowledge of genes and complex cell processes, renewable biomass, and the integration of biotechnology applications across sectors. Sustainable development strategies encompass competitive bioeconomy solutions, commonly in food and energy industries but rapidly moving across industry.  


Biodiversity refers to the variation of life forms within a given ecosystem, biome or for the entire Earth. Biodiversity is often used as a measurement of biological health. Addressing biodiversity challenges is central to sustainable development and poverty reduction since the impact of environmental degradation hits the rural populations living in poverty the hardest.

Climate Change

Climate change encompasses the changes in the climate that are attributed directly (or indirectly) to human activity and alter the composition of the global atmosphere. Limiting the effects of climate change is a crucial consideration in order to develop in a sustainable manner.Climate change could exacerbate these environmental problems by adversely affecting water supplies and increasing the frequency of drought.

Renewable Energy

In order for energy to be sustainable it needs to meet the needs of the present population without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  Renewable energy sources are good examples of sustainable energy and can also improve energy efficiency, such as hydroelectricity, solar energy, wind energy, wave power, geothermal energy etc.


Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not just the absence of disease or infirmity. Human health and sustainable development are comprehensively interlinked. Quality of the environment and the nature of development are major contributors of health. Health is a building block to most all other aspects of development.

Sustainable Urbanization

(Images courtesy of: unmediaoliaucarapanaaprilbellkovikunmedia, In Brazil, a mother holds her infant child at a weekly breastfeeding class held at a charity hospital. © 2000 Alex Zusman, Courtesy of Photoshare )


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