Italy gets to grips with global warming and economic growth

Digital transformation for a better future was in the spotlight at the 17th Ericsson annual event held in the historic Italian Senate (Palazzo Madama) building in Rome on July 6. Politicians, private representatives, and young people discussed the challenges Italy faces to meet the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last year by the UN.

Italy gets to grips with global warming and economic growth

Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for Market Area Europe and Latina America

Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility for Market Area Europe and Latina America

In September 2015, the UN member states endorsed the 17 SDGs to be achieved by 2030. It’s now everyone’s duty to play a role in helping the world achieve them. With this event, Ericsson gave different stakeholders the opportunity to share ideas on this topic, with particular regard to SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), as this is one of the key issues Italy is currently facing.

It was great to see private and public sector representatives interact on such an important topic. A key subject was how to ensure sustainable economic growth for national and international companies that invest in Italy. Closely related to this is how the digital transformation will affect the Italian economy and the job marketplace.

Moreover, what are the jobs of the future and the best training programs that can help our young people to find ‘decent work’ in the new digital world? Here in particular the group of young people present added extra value to the discussion.

During the event, a Memorandum of Understanding between Ericsson and the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research was signed. This represents the direct involvement of Ericsson in reinforcing the digital competencies of students in Italy through structured programs involving its employees’ skills and e-learning.

Key issues brought up during the sessions mainly covered two of the main crises that we are all facing: the lack of economic growth and global warming. It was interesting to see that different stakeholders agreed on one point: we have to tackle the economic and environmental crises as soon as possible, and the one of the most effective ways to address the greatest global  challenges is to use ICT,solutions based on mobility, broadband, and the cloud.

That’s why ICT plays a key role. A fifth technological revolution based on nanotechnology and molecular manufacturing is happening now, and it’s accelerating at a pace much faster than what we’ve experienced over the last 25 years. It is estimated that in 2030, 90 percent of all jobs in Europe will require some sort of ICT competence. And we are very far from that in Italy right now.

To keep up with this transformation, investments in the development of ICT skills are fundamental, and Ericsson will be part of this journey in Italy and will make the Networked Society happen.

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