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Investigating SPRINT’s contributions to the SDGs


Chan Kim from the University of Southampton looks at SPRINT projects in the light of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

Author: Chan Kim, University of Southampton

Click here to view the latest report into SPRINT’s contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goal #13 – ‘Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’

Despite the growing global economy and the technological progress observed in the past decades, there are still many societal challenges that need to be overcome to enhance human development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by the UN Member States are 17 thematic areas that outline a roadmap for sustainable development until 2030. All are a result of long-term negotiations and apply to all countries, while recognising different priorities and different levels of development.

With the support of university partners and business partners, SPRINT has funded a number of different types of projects that can possibly contribute to achieving the SDGs. In the space data sector, 42 projects focus on exploiting space data; harnessing Earth Observation (EO), Position Navigation and Timing (PNT) and Satellite Communications data to develop commercial products and services. In addition, 35 projects are developing space technologies and a further 10 contributing to product and service development using technologies originally developed for space and academic know-how originally acquired through space research activities.

A recent report by Chan Kim from the University of Southampton has summarised the contributions that the SPRINT programme has made in funding collaborations whose outcomes address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Chan Kim, third-year BSc Environmental Science & Business Management student at the University of Southampton

Download a PDF copy of Chan Kim’s report here

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