How Web 3.0 Will Help the UN in Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

This article is in continuation of our Web 3.0 articles series. If you don't know what Web 3.0 is, learn about it here first.

Web 3.0 and sustainability will go hand in hand as soon as the new generation of the internet arrives. Tech giants are ready to implement Web 3.0, which will accelerate the United Nations mission toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Let's see how Web 3.0 helps in fast-pacing UN SDG goals.

Web 3.0's Role in Reducing Carbon Footprints in the Environment

Web 2.0 has some inherent disadvantages which need to be fixed in the next generation of the internet. These flaws will be fixed in Web 3.0, which will help the world achieve the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Let's see why the traditional internet needs to be changed.

  • Massive energy consumption: The current version of the internet is undoubtedly extremely helpful in running the world. But this version of the internet comes at a great cost; the biggest of them is the need for electricity. The traditional internet relies on large data centers to store and process data. These data centers consume a significant amount of energy to run and cool their equipment, which results in high levels of carbon emissions.
  • Data transmission: Every time we access a website, send an email, or stream a video, data is transmitted across the internet. This transmission requires energy and generates carbon emissions, especially if the data travels long distances.
  • Electronic waste: The rapid pace of technological advancement in the traditional internet has resulted in a large amount of electronic waste. This waste is difficult to recycle and often ends up in landfills, where it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Manufacturing: The production of devices used to access the internet, such as smartphones and laptops, requires energy and generates carbon emissions.

Just see these statistics, for example.

A single email attachment is responsible for emitting 50g of CO2 into the atmosphere due to the needs of the data centers that store the content of these emails.

Now, look at another statistic.

An average office worker receives nearly 6,000 email attachments that they ignore every year. When converted into the equivalent amount of energy, it is equal to 1093 miles of cars driven by each office worker. It is important to mention that this data does not include the email attachments that are opened by the worker, which means that energy consumption is much higher for the average office worker.

But this problem will be controlled by Web 3.0 in many ways. For instance, blockchain technology will allow people to access all these attachments from their source, knowing that no one can tamper with these attachments.

In such a situation, there will be no need to send a separate attachment to each and every user, which will eventually reduce the need for electricity made by burning fossil fuels. This will be an essential step toward sustainability as the United Nations sustainable energy goal #13 emphasizes climate action.

SDG #16: Achieving Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Using Web 3.0

Another important aspect of Web 3.0 will be government institutions controlled by blockchain technology. This will help countries in adopting sustainable development goal #16, which focuses on Peace, Justice, and Strong institutions.

It is important to note that weak governmental institutions are responsible for weak governance, which gives birth to injustice as well. But this will not be the case in Web 3.0 when all the government records are decentralized as blockchain.

No one will be able to corrupt these government records, which means that all the powerful elements will be brought to justice.

Take this case study, for example:

Statistics suggest that nearly $800 million to $2 trillion of money is being laundered annually in the world, almost all from third-world countries to the already rich first-world countries. This deprives the already poor countries of important resources. But once blockchain solutions are implemented under Web 3.0, this will not be the case any further.

All the monetary records of countries will be digitized using blockchain technology, which means that anyone will be able to see them without any bureaucratic hurdles. This will eventually reduce the money laundering concept, which will help poor nations eliminate corruption with the help of technology.

Another important way to achieve peace using Web 3.0 will be to create a transparent donation mechanism for war-torn countries. Corrupt leaders of these countries don't use global donations correctly and appropriately and often end up using this money for their personal gains. But developing donation systems with the help of blockchain technology means that all donations will be used for the purposes intended.

SDG #10: Reduced Inequalities Using Web 3.0

Reduced inequalities is also one of the important goals of the United Nations' sustainable development mission. And Web 3.0 is all about reducing inequalities and breaking the monopoly of giant technology companies that have taken over the internet since the advent of the 21st century. In Web 3.0, all internet users will be able to make a big impact, as no one will be able to exploit others based on their personal data, like big tech companies are doing right now.

Furthermore, Web 3.0 will reduce inequality in the following forms:

  • Decentralization: Web 3.0 is built on decentralized technologies, such as blockchain, which enable the creation of decentralized applications (dApps) and services. This means that no single entity or company can control the entire network, as users have the ability to participate in decision-making and governance.
  • Interoperability: Web 3.0 aims to create a more interconnected web where different dApps and services can communicate and share data with each other. This enables smaller companies and developers to build on existing infrastructure and compete with larger companies on a more level playing field.
  • Openness: Web 3.0 promotes open-source development, which means that the code for dApps and services is publicly available for anyone to review and contribute to. This can help to prevent a small group of companies from controlling the direction of development and innovation.
  • User ownership: Web 3.0 prioritizes user ownership and control over their data and digital assets. This means that users have the ability to monetize their data and participate in digital economies rather than solely relying on big companies to profit from their data.

Alleviating Poverty With the Help of Web 3.0: SDG #1 of the UN

Metaverse will be the epicenter of Web 3.0 in the foreseeable future. This rapid advancement of the internet will alleviate poverty in the most disadvantaged areas of the world; for instance, Africa.

Eliminating poverty is the first sustainable development goal of the United Nations, meaning that Web 3.0 will be used to achieve yet another noble mission of the UN. In the presence of Web 3.0, the geographical distances between countries will be eliminated as everyone will be able to participate equally in the metaverse.

Whether a student exchange program, access to developed markets, or better economic opportunities, Web 3.0 will be able to empower the youth of underdeveloped areas with the power of the metaverse.

Responsible Consumption and Production: Web 3.0 Helping SDG #12 of the UN

Responsible consumption and production is yet another important SDG goal of the United Nations, which will be achieved with the power of Web 3.0.

Some of the important elements of responsible production include:

  • Giving laborers their due rights
  • Producing economically and climate-viable products.
  • Promoting resource and energy efficiency
  • Making sustainable infrastructure
  • Access to basic services
  • Better job growth

All this will be possible with the help of Web 3.0. In this generation of the internet, data transparency will be increased exponentially due to the prevalence of blockchain technology, which will force companies to embrace the doctrines of responsible production. Governments will have an opportunity to promote green energy as they can force corporations to adopt the latest technologies with the help of smart contracts.

The arrival of new technologies will also create employment in tech areas where many people can make upward social mobility due to better job opportunities, which is part of the UN's responsible growth and consumption doctrine.

Bariki Mshomi

Bariki Mshomi

20+ years of IT experience, during which he have achieved expertise as a Data Integration Architect, Solutions Architecture, Data Architecture, ETL Architecture, and Developer, Data warehousing Modeler Database Technologies, including Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, IMS, VSAM, Teradata, Hive Data Movement using Informatica, SSIS, PDI Pentaho, PL/SQL, and SQL/PL Business Intelligence Reporting using Business Objects and Microstrategy Clients Including Highmark Health, Ramsey County MN, Century Link, Country Financial, Digi-Key, Toro, Medica, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, Ingenix, Cardinal Health, Data Recognition, Target, Allianz, eFunds, Fair Isaac, GE Capital Fleet, and Carlson Marketing Group

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