The 7th edition of the IoT week that took place in Geneva from 6-9 June 2017 addressed, amongst others, how Internet of Things (IoT) technologies can contribute to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that UN Member States have committed to as part of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.
As the EU-funded project that explores the potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to make the European food and farming industry more sustainable and competitive, Internet of Food & Farm 2020 (IoF2020) harbors exciting potential for contributing towards the realization of the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development. Therefore, during the conference, members of the IoF2020 consortium gave presentations on how IoT technologies developed in the 19 use-cases of the project can foster the advancement of several SDGs, notably Zero Hunger (SDG 2), Climate Action (SDG 13), Life Bellow Water (SDG 14) and Life on Land (SDG 15).
On this occasion, Dr. George Beers from the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and IoF2020 project coordinator pointed out the importance of enhanced cooperation throughout the entire agri-food chain to ensure food security and environmental sustainability, and announced an open call for new partners to be launched in 2018.
The conference concluded with the adoption of an International Declaration on the Internet of Things for Sustainable Development, whereby all participants of the IoT Week, including the IoF2020 consortium, pledged to leverage IoT technologies for the benefit of our planet and its inhabitants (for more information visit www.IoT-week.eu).