There are so many opportunities for technological innovation to drive global development. The ability to collect and analyze data, made possible by the digital age, can transform how diseases are monitored and treated.
Hope and optimism invaded the streets of midtown Manhattan when recently more than 150 world leaders gathered at the United Nations to adopt a new vision for a better word, and how to reach it, through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Back in the year 2000, the UN created a set of goals aiming to achieve them by 2015. Governments and corporations pledged to work to reduce poverty, address sanitation challenges, and several other serious challenges of our planet.
"Join us, and together we will build a better world for all to prosper," was the message at this week's high-spirited UN Global Compact Leaders Summit that included heads of global corporations, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations.
Not only do companies have much to lose by violating human rights and devastating the environment, but also they have a great deal to gain by advancing global sustainability. Increasingly these issues matter to investors.