Why a Professional ICT workforce is a prerequisite for meeting technology enables SDGs
Each speaker will provide an overview of a selection of SDGs and the related Action Lines, and then the topic will be open for robust discussion by delegates. Specifically, we want to find out what IFIP IP3 can and must do to further the achievement of the goals. We will also explore opportunities for collaboration.
The speakers will provide a view of the work of IFIP IP3, and how will contribute to the achievement of selected Sustainable Development Goals.
Topics to be covered include:
• Why International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) believes that the creation and maintenance of ICT as a global profession is a strategic outcome. Alignment of this goal to AL C1, and how a trusted ICT service can deliver services that makes broadband for all a reality, and addresses the needs of society at all levels
• Ensuring public access to information to protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements requires a participatory approach, and a skilled and knowledgeable workforce needs to drive this (SDG16.10)
• Building capacity by creating an ICT workforce which comprises certified ICT Professionals, everywhere (SDG17.18)
• IFIP continually monitors and leverages ICT trends to support SDGs. Moreover, a skilled ICT workforce, which continually updates and improves their skills and knowledge is best placed to use Technology innovatively, as evidenced by the trend of Chief Information Officers becoming Chief Innovation Officers. (AL C2)
• The support requirement stipulated in 9.a requires ICT professionals to provide the support and resilient infrastructure. It should be noted that a trusted ICT workforce, whose skills are recognised to be at a sufficiently competent level, can always outsource these skills. IFIP monitors and analyses ICT trends and its impact.
• A respected ICT industry, where the workers are trusted and capable, provides a basis for economic growth in a country, because ICT skills are easy to export (without the workers leaving the country, hence skills are not lost). IFIP IP3’s global professional standard provides for skills and knowledge to be accredited against a common framework – thus we can determine equivalent skills for any ICT Professional anywhere in the world.
• Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting life-long learning opportunities for all requires stable yet innovative learning platforms, which must be provided by skilled ICT professionals.
• Why the rigorous development of a skilled ICT workforce will increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship (SDG4.2)
• Explain why the only way that confidence and security can be built and sustained, is if the people providing the ICT are themselves skilled, trustworthy and ethical, and subject to sanctions if they are proven to work contrary to these principles. IFIP IP3 member societies who have certified professionals are able to sanction members who do not adhere to the relevant Codes of Ethics and Behaviour. (AL c5)
Ms Moira de Roche
Speakers / panellists
- Leon Strous, President IFIP
- Brenda Aynsley, Chair IFIP IP3
- Stephen Ibaraki, Vice-Chair IFIP IP3, Chair Global Industry Council
- Moira de Roche, Deputy-chair IFIP IP3
- Raymond Morel, IFIP IP3 Director
Link to WSIS Action Lines
- C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
- C2. Information and communication infrastructure
- C3. Access to information and knowledge
- C4. Capacity building
- C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
- C6. Enabling environment
- C10. Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
See session description.
Link to the Sustainable Development Process
- Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
- Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
- Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
- Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development