Agenda 2030 A plan of action for people, planet and prosperity !

What is Agenda 2030 ?

We as Layer 7 Innovations believe that responsible and sustainable change for the people through technology in contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 9; Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

The 2030 Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.

All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. It is determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

SDGs in ICT.

In recent decades, ICT has delivered significant economical and social progress. But, more needs to be done, as its benefits are unevenly distributed and can’t always be fully enforced, to foster sustainable development and drive it forward.

  • ICT is highly correlated with country-level SDG performance (89%), which suggests that countries that perform well on ICT perform equally as well on SDGs. And, those that underperform on ICT are also lagging behind on SDG achievement. While this doesn’t prove causality,it certainly suggests a strong relationship between the two.
  • Progress on certain SDGs is more likely to be correlated with ICT development. Goals with higher ICT correlation include, SDG 9: Infrastructure, Industrialisation and Innovation, SDG 4: Quality Education and SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, which suggests that these may be the areas with the greatest potential for leveraging ICT for sustainable development.
  • Overall, developed countries tend to have higher ICT scores than SDG scores, indicating that ICT development is progressing more quickly than sustainable development. These countries ultimately have the scope the leverage ICT more effectively, for the benefit of sustainability. And, inversely, developing countries generally have a higher SDG achievement score than ICT development score, suggesting that the speed of ICT enhancements isn’t keeping pace with the progress on sustainable development. Developing nations may well benefit from policies that aim to increase investment in ICT and in turn improve the ICT infrastructure.
  • Although Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita is a factor that influences the Benchmark scores, there are several elements that make this correlation more complex. The ICT Sustainable Development Goals Benchmark has a greater association with both the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) compared to GDP per capita. This suggests that the key, influencing factor isn’t the amount of resources available, but in fact, how these resources are implemented.

Gamata Technology

Gamata Technology, an accelerator platform initiated by young tech entrepreneurs covering every corner of Sri Lanka is a nation-wide initiative is chaired by Dr. Ashan Perera, UN SDG Action Award Winner 2018, Youth Advocate, Social Entrepreneur, Founder ofThe Road to Rights Youth-Led Organization and the Chief Strategist and CSR Officer at Layer 7 Innovations.

Gamata Tech is an independent national initiative collaborated with The Road to Rights Youth-led Organization and Mithuru Mithuro Movement. The platform is aimed at supporting technology experts, youth entrepreneurs in rural areas who lack opportunities, within an entrepreneurial environment that encourages collaboration, fosters job creation and provides connections to local and International resources. Digitalization opens up new opportunities to influence and transform various fields in a country such as business models, organizational patterns, legal and policy measures, economical structures and most importantly cultural barriers.

Gamata Technology was launched on October 14th, 2018 at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre with the presence of young entrepreneurs, leading tech companies, renowned personalities and Locals covering 19 Districts over Sri Lanka. The event will be a cultivated Dialogue on Digital Sri Lanka with the participation of erudite speakers of the industry as is targeted to attract over 1000 individuals from all parts of the country.

On the positive light, the Sri Lankan market is very conducive to and very adaptive to new technology. With the revolution of Technology Sri Lankan technological system is starting to gear up with the ongoing tech World. With that eruption many youth from urban to rural have paved their way by using maximum of the modern technology. Gamata Technology will be a debut of such talented entrepreneurs who will showcase their knowledge and talent in technology at the forum.

The platform is projected to provide exposure and advancement to technology to rural areas, so that people can communicate effectively, overcome the limitations of time and space, empower themselves by providing information and knowledge, provide income generating and learning opportunities, increase transparency and efficiency and enable people to express their concerns and to actively participate in decision making processes. Its’ role is important for the development of economy in enhancing the effectiveness of market, productivity, competitiveness as well as creating better quality of life for the public.

We, as a tech company, joined Gamata Technology to contribute to the objectives and goals of this national initiative as part of our CSR arm. We believe in sustainable social impact through responsible business ventures.

THE ROAD TO RIGHTS

The Road to Rights is an International Youth-led Organization working together with Layer 7 Innovationsas our CSR conceptualizing and implementation body. The organization is also the winner of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Award 2018in Bonn, Germany. (UN SDG Action Award 2018).

THE ROAD TO RIGHTS A NEW VENTURE WHICH AIMS TO UNSHACKLE YOUTH TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES ENHANCE SKILLS, AND IDEAS WHILE ADDRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH.

The Road to Rights International is a youth led organization established in 2009 in Sri Lanka is the evolution of a childhood dream, to serve humanity from the age of 8, aimed at supporting and empowering young people on creating opportunities, skills development, creativity and innovation by taking a Human rights-basedapproach towards Peace and Development. Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. It develops an understanding of everyone's common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community.

The Road to Rights create awareness, and promote advocacy for the communities through community and social development programs. The advocacy is directed to guiding children, youth & women, who he believes; need to understand their rights and responsibilities based on core values, attitudes, and skills, if they wish to play a role in shaping their lives, to serve their communities, and their nations as the next generation of future leaders.

Key Avenues,

  • Human Rights Education
  • Education (Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Sport for Peace and Development
  • Arts for Peace and Development
  • ICT, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.