Our Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age

Thursday 2 June
11:30-12:45 CEST
Stockholmsmässan, Room 2

Organizers: German Federal Environment Agency, UNEP, UNDP, International Science Council, Future Earth, Sustainability in the Digital Age, Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Forestry

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About: 50 Years after the Stockholm Conference, environmental change remains a major global issue, but another transformation has been ongoing alongside; the digital revolution. The transformational capabilities of digitalisation are a crucial tool to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and this initiative aims to ensure these are actively directed and harnessed towards a more sustainable future.

The Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES), is an international multi-stakeholder alliance created in March 2021 in response to the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation to steer the use of digital technologies toward accelerating environmentally and socially sustainable development. Over the last year, CODES has grown into a community of over a 1000 individuals and organisations that have worked to co-create an Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age with the aim to offer a vision and set of priorities and proposed initiatives.

This event will serve as the official launch of the CODES Action Plan and a call to action for stakeholders to take ownership of initiatives listed in the plan as we move towards an implementation phase.

Moderator(s): Shivam Kishore (Digital Sustainability Expert and CODES Contributor)


  • Dirk Messner (German Environmental Agency)
  • Somya Joshi (Stockholm Environment Institute)
  • Philip Thigo (Advisor to Ministry of Environment and Forestry Kenya)
  • Pernilla Bergmark (Ericsson)
  • Reyna Ubeda (ITU)
  • Reina Otsuka (UNDP)
  • Megha Sud (International Science Council)
  • Eliane Ubalijoro (Sustainability in the Digital Age)

Contact person: Dirk Osiek (dirk.osiek_at_uba.de)

Additional Information: For more information about CODES visit www.sparkblue.org/CODES

Event outcomes (Key transformative actions):

  • Launch of the CODES Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age based on a 12 month co-design process with 1,000 stakeholders from 100 countries. The Action Plan contains 9 global impact initiatives to leverage digital transformation as a positive and exponential force for progressing environmentally and socially sustainable development, while mitigating risks and unintended consequences.
  • Mobilization of the CODES community to integrate digital sustainability needs highlighted in the CODES Action Plan within the preparatory processes for the planned Global Digital Compact, the related international environmental agreements and the workprogramme of the UN Environment Assembly, the UN Development Programme and the International Telecommunications Union.
  • Launching a series of global dialogues to establish leadership, partnerships and financing for the 9 Impact Initiatives of the CODES Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age.

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