AI as a facilitator in the Sustainable Development Goals

Study: How Artificial Intelligence can enable achieving the SDGs by year 2030

Know the SDGs Videos IA & SDG book
Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible

SDG-1 No poverty SDG-2 Zero hunger SDG-3 Good health and well-being SDG-4 Quality education SDG-5 Gender equality SDG-6 Clean water and sanitation SDG-7 Affordable and clean energy SDG-8 Decent work and economic growth SDG-9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure SDG-10 Reduced inequalities SDG-11 Sustainable cities and communities SDG-12 Responsible consumption and production SDG-13 Climate action SDG-14 Life below water SDG-15 Life on land SDG-16 Peace, justice and strong institutions SDG-17 Partnerships for the goals

Taxonomy of the Objectives

Each label above will take you to a description of the Goal and its underlying targets, our proposed recommendations and a poll where you will be able to tell us what you think.

  • All
  • Life
  • Economic and technological development
  • Social Development
  • Equality
  • Resources
  • Natural Environment


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are grouped into three dimensions (videos are in spanish)



This book analyzes and describes the specialized literature and state of the art on the use of artificial intelligence and digital technologies to address the 17 SDGs

Study outcome: Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies for the SDGs (spanish text)

DaSCI Institute Team

Researchers who authored this study on Artificial Intelligence as an enabler for the SDGs

Francisco Herrera

Coordinator Investigator DaSCI

Rosana Montes

Coordinator Investigator DaSCI

Sergio Alonso

Investigator DaSCI

Juán Chiachío

Investigator DaSCI

Manuel Chiachío

Investigator DaSCI

Eugenio Martinez

Investigator DaSCI

Javier Melero

Investigator DaSCI

Daniel Molina

Investigator DaSCI

Iván Palomares

Investigator DaSCI

Siham Tabik

Investigator DaSCI

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the purpose of this study?

Following a comprehensive analysis of scientific literature on the use of Artificial Intelligence and emerging digital technologies to address the current challenges in the UN’s 2030 Agenda – and therefore those challenges listed by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the authors of this study propose a series of socio-technological recommendations whereby it is possible to take action towards the achievement of such goals.

What is a preference relation?

A preference relation R is a binary relation on a set of alternatives X … well, this sounds a bit too mathematical. Think for example of situations related to obtaining preferences about a product. In practice, we realize these observations are typically difficult to measure. Notwithstanding, we can infer the taste/preferences (of citizens, consumers, academics and practitioners…) upon the individual items they select. Thus, the relation R between item A and item B tells us that if A is chosen when B is also available, then it means A is preferred over B.

So, what are the polls in this study about?

Under the assumption that we can chose our favourite among any two options, in this website we propose you different – very short – surveys or polls (one per SDG) in which you constantly choose between two options/recommendations, in order to ultimately help us obtain a comprehensive assessment of recommendations and, consequently, construct a ranking of them in accordance with the priorities expressed by poll respondents. Your input is very valuable in this study, and we enthusiastically appreciate your participation in the maximum possible number of polls.

How does the ‘I can’t decide/ I don’t know’ option work in these polls?

Uncertainty is a natural part of our thinking and in these surveys you can also express it. By clicking ‘I can’t decide’ you can choose between A=B (I like both ideas / I think both ideas are the same), neither A nor B (I don’t like neither ideas / I just can’t decide), although there is also the option to indicate you do not have enough knowledge to assess one of the displayed options.

Where can I obtain more information about the SDGs and the conclusions of this study?

The full report of this study is currently in typesetting process. An online version will be made available soon.

Who have partaken in the report?

Academic members of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (RAI), researchers at the University of Granada, members of DaSCI Institute, and the Ferrovial company as professionals from the private construction and civil engineering sector, who have contributed their point of view to the development of the project.