This week world leaders from 193 countries gathered in New York for the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where implementing the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was center stage. This year marks the halfway point on the 15-year timeline to achieve these universally agreed objectives, which include ending poverty, ensuring quality education, promoting good health, and providing access to affordable and clean energy. The consensus? Sadly, not good. We’re far behind where we need to be and, absent dramatic change, the world will fail to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
Google has long believed that technology has an important role to play in catalyzing progress. In a variety of UNGA-related announcements and at events this year, we focused on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) — developed boldly and responsibly — can be the engine that helps spur progress on the SDGs.
Here’s a look at the work we launched to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges: