"Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The concept of sustainable development does imply limits - not absolute limits but limitations imposed by the present state of technology and social organization on environmental resources and by the ability of the biosphere to absorb the effects of human activities. But technology and social organization can be both managed and improved to make way for a new era of economic growth. The Commission believes that widespread poverty is no longer inevitable. Poverty is not only an evil in itself, but sustainable development requires meeting the basic needs of all and extending to all the opportunity to fulfil their aspirations for a better life. A world in which poverty is endemic will always be prone to ecological and other catastrophes.”
Source: Brundtland Report, UN World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, p. 16
Note: The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 can be found on the UN website
THE INTERNET OF THINGS
“At CDAIT, the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) concept refers to the interconnection of intelligent things. While interconnection (and its related and yet different concepts such as interoperability and interdependence) is axiomatic to IoT and a non-trivial building block, the intelligence of things (as a matter of course) is what makes the IoT paradigm ‘game-changing’. It follows that the expression ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) is best understood as a metaphor that encapsulates the immersion of almost anything and everything (previously ‘out of scope’) into the communications space thanks to the timely convergence of scientific, technological and societal advances and trends. Through embedded intelligence, it will transform the dimensions of the economy and society on a scale not experienced before; nothing will be forever fixed. Inert will become active; delayed, instantaneous; offline, online; and static, dynamic. The IoT will give rise to a world in constant change, i.e., a "pulsating world" (emerging from things sending and receiving data)."
Source: CDAIT website - About - The Internet of Things
THE INTERNET OF THINGS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
1. Promoting the development and adoption of IoT technologies for the benefit of humanity, the environment and sustainable development;
2. Supporting the implementation of the IoT in urban and rural context to foster the application of ICTs [information and communications technologies] in providing services to build smarter and more sustainable cities and communities;
3. Promoting a broad, vibrant and secure ecosystem for IoT, including support for start-ups and incubators;
4. Encouraging the development and implementation of standards that facilitate interoperability among IoT technologies and solutions in order to pave the way to an open and interoperable IoT ecosystem;
5. Adopting new and innovative IoT applications to deal with challenges associated with hunger, water supply, and food security;
6. Galvanizing interest in the use of IoT for risk reduction and climate change mitigation;
7. Identifying and supporting the growing trend of using IoT technologies for education;
8. Embracing the application and use of IoT for biodiversity conservation and ecological monitoring;
9. Contributing to global research and discussions on IoT for smart and sustainable cities through global initiatives; and
10. Promoting international dialogue and cooperation on the IoT for sustainable development.
Source: June 9th, 2017 "Internet of Things Declaration to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the participants of the Internet of Things Week 2017
Note: Another resource that addresses the close connection between the Internet of Things and sustainability is the set of "Internet of Things Guidelines for Sustainability," published by the World Economic Forum in January 2018 - an accompanying article on "the effect of the Internet of Things on sustainability" (January 21, 2018) can be found on the World Economic Forum's website.CONFERENCE OBJECTIVE
The conference’s goal is to explore through reviewing a few catalysts and use cases some of the key promises and challenges that relate to the application of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies towards building a sustainable world, and highlight the opportunity that the intersection of IoT and sustainability represents for businesses.CONFERENCE AUDIENCE
While aimed at a business audience concerned with sustainable development, this conference will also be of interest to participants in any and all links of the Internet of Things value chain as well as representatives from academia, government, industry, and media curious about the impact of disruptive technologies on the world of today and tomorrow.
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