The most significant task for science, technology, and innovation is to contribute to the achievement of global sustainability. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious, integrated set of goals. They embody humanity’s commitment to comprehensive and transformative action in response to the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues.
- Science, technology, and innovation (STI) can offer practical solutions to global sustainability needs, problems, and challenges. The United Nations recognizes the need to incorporate scientific data into policy. And also create decision-making processes for achieving the 2030 Agenda’s goals. The U.N. fosters multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships that can effectively mobilize and use STI to develop actionable information.
- The lack of a detailed implementation plan for the Global Indicator Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets highlights data gathering issues and inadequacies. The paper “A Guide to SDG Interactions: From Science to Implementation” by the International Science Council emphasizes the relevance of data as a policy driver.
- “Big Data” has generated huge value and resulted in innovative services. It allows digital concepts to be integrated into a wide range of sectors and applications. These advancements have aided efforts to collect and integrate data from a variety of sources in order to gain a better understanding of these complex systems.
- Big data-enhanced technologies and concepts have a lot of potential for enhancing mining operations. Big data and artificial intelligence have also aided in the improvement of healthcare engineering. The International Research Center of Big Data for Sustainable Development Goals (CBAS) will be formed. CBAS will be the first research organization to focus on the UN SDGs through big data science. And with the goal of creating a big data technology platform and research center to aid in the implementation of the SDGs.
Special issue aims to compile relevant scientific concepts and research in a two-part series to be published in August and December 2021. The first part of this series contains seven papers on data and science from experts at leading institutes across Europe, Asia, and the United States.