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Digital Innovations for Climate Resilience: Challenges and Policy Imperatives


The thematic session 5 at this year’s STI Forum revolves around leveraging science, technology, and innovation to advance Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. Through harnessing the power of digital innovation for sustainable peace and resilience in the context of climate change


HARNESSING THE POWER OF DIGITAL INNOVATION

Harnessing digital innovation within SDG 16 amidst climate change challenges is crucial for sustainable peace and resilience. Advanced technologies like AI, remote sensing, and mobile communication enable enhanced early warning, community engagement, and climate adaptation. These tools empower societies to mitigate climate impacts and strengthen vulnerable communities. Yet, equitable technology access and ethical considerations are vital for realizing digital innovation's full potential in promoting peace and resilience amidst climate uncertainty.


CHALLENGES AND POLICY CONSIDERATIONS

Rapid digitalization poses challenges, necessitating thoughtful policy responses. Increased energy demand from digital tech worsens greenhouse gas emissions and perpetuates climate issues. Trust, equality, and discrimination concerns arise with digital innovation and AI deployment. Addressing these requires comprehensive approaches, including institutional reforms for evidence-based policymaking and misinformation combat. Leveraging digital transformation for climate and conflict-sensitive policies enables sustainable development, ensuring fairness and inclusivity.


Harnessing digital innovation is crucial for advancing SDG 16 amidst climate change. Technologies like AI and remote sensing enhance early warning systems, community engagement, and climate adaptation, fostering resilience and sustainable peace. However, challenges such as increased energy demand and issues of trust and equality must be addressed. Equitable access to technology and ethical standards are essential. Comprehensive policies and institutional reforms are needed to ensure digital transformation supports sustainable, inclusive development and effectively promotes peace and resilience.


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