by Milton Ponson, President, Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation, (Rainbow Warriors International), Aruba, Dutch Caribbean – Twitter: @RWIGlobal
Sustainable development to which we dedicate ourselves through our non-profits in Together 2030,was first defined in detail by the United Nations in Agenda 21, one of the key outcome documents at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
We now have a 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN in 2015 with 17 goals and 169 targets, which makes accomplishing these a daunting task.
Part of the problem is the complexity of the issues at hand, the one which most probably has had the biggest attention and resources allocated to it and also sparked the most debate being climate change.
And then there are the long running problems of gender inequality, poverty and famine, poor housing, access to adequate water, sanitation and health care, food security and land grabbing, equal opportunities and job security in an uncertain world.
Unfortunately in a vast majority of nations across the globe even a basic adherence to the rule of law and the rights we, in the western civilized world cherish so much and take for granted, is lacking and because human rights are not respected and upheld, the daily lives of billions amount to a struggle for survival and often a living hell.
Thus for many a human sustainable development is not part of the daily mind set.
Yet our world is one of interconnections. Trade, commerce and industry exist in varying levels of national, regional and global networks of activities, which means that footprints for energy, water and resources used for every conceivable product or service depend on local, regional and international parameters.
The most visible, evident networks are those for delivery, distribution and transport of goods and services, and then there are the national power grids, interconnected across borders and the international network of banking and finance and the most ubiquitous one of all- the Internet.
It is strange in this day and age that with all the connections we share as humans through the use of smart phones, tablets, net books, notebooks and other other digital computing and communication devices we still have problems dealing with sustainable development issues and problems.
We have collaboration software tools, share social media and communicate with each other in countless and very creative ways to make our daily work routines more streamlined, improve our performance, upgrade our skill sets, share ideas and information across the globe and enrich our social lives by means of wireless, mobile and digital technologies.
And we are now entering an entirely new era of wearable monitoring and tracking technologies, robotics, big data, collaborative research in which we jointly perform research, sharing and exchanging research data in an open fashion, by open access repositories of knowledge and open scientific publications and provide on-line classes to millions.
We are capable of providing health care across digital and mobile delivery systems (eHealth and mHealth) and provide public services on-line through eGovernment.
So the big question for the 7 billion people inhabiting planet Earth is- why not in achieving sustainable development?
And how can we collectively put all of our pooled resources to use in jointly tackling sustainable development issues at national, regional and global levels at the same time?
One man, one woman and one child can change the world and if we persist in making this idea become global, there should in theory be no limits to what we can achieve as humankind.
To do that we must put every human being in the driver seat to help achieve change at the local level, but also because of the interconnectedness of our modern world at the regional and international levels.
To be in the driver seat one must have a dashboard, and because we use mobile and wireless computing and communications devices, this digital dashboard must be able to run on each and every device across any delivery system, using any software platform.
And there it is- the global digital dashboard for sustainable development-, which through a user customizable profile will allow any level of interconnection, be it peer or professional networks, social or any other form of collaboration and sharing, and plugging into any conceivable data streams.
Rainbow Warriors Core Foundation has been working on the launch of a Global Digital Dashboard for Sustainable Development Initiative, which once off the ground will spin off dozens of projects that will change the world as we know it through the use of collaborative research and ICT for development.
Change in terms of collective problem solving, designing and building solutions for sustainable development, tapping into the minds of any willing individuals committed to the same goals and objectives.