Multilateral roadmap for digital cooperation

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Acknowledging the transformational force of the new digital technologies, this project aims to maximize their benefits for science and for the achievement of the SDGs.


Digitalization can drive the transformation to sustainability, or thwart it. For humanity to seize current opportunities, policy-makers must act.

UN Secretary General António Guterres has argued for deep transformations to prevent climate disaster and to fight poverty, reduce inequality and discourage destructive nationalism.

The scientific community has been consistent on this point: we need deep change if we are to achieve sustainability. A mountain of scientific publications support Guterres’ concern, including landmark reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Responding to this need, the ISC worked on a new flagship initiative in 2021, the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES), in partnership with UNEP, UNDP, the German Environment Agency, the Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Future Earth and Sustainability in the Digital Age.

CODES aims to encourage digital innovation which serves sustainable development, while also valuing thriving natural ecosystems, human wellbeing and community resilience.

It brings together members from public and private sectors and civil society organizations around the world and engages directly with the political process on this subject at the international level.

Activities and impact

CODE’s strategic objectives are:

  1. Set the agenda, advocate and raise awareness on opportunities and risks;
  2. Convene and connect a global community of common purpose;
  3. Catalyse practical action, enabling policies and systemic impacts;
  4. Integrate environmental priorities into the global digital governance framework.

Key milestones

The upcoming meeting in June 2024 at the ISC office will bring together the CODES Steering Group to define strategic plans for 2024 onwards.

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To follow the developments, subscribe to the CODES newsletter and check out the website.

News & Events View all

15 February 2022 - 16 February 2022

Converging Science and Technology in a Digital Era – an overview of ISC data-related activities

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Global, multi-stakeholder digital coalition launches plan for a green digital revolution   

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2 June 2022 - 1 January 1970

CODES at Stockholm+50 – Our Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age

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Project team

Megha Sud

Megha Sud

Senior Science Officer

International Science Council

Megha Sud

Involved ISC Members

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