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Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age


Digital transformation is globally pervasive, increasing productivity, disrupting pre-existing business models and leading to diverse innovations with profound implications for the human future. This transformation has enormous potential to support progress towards sustainability, however in its current form it continues to enable and/or encourage unsustainable practices that are degrading natural systems, entrenching inequality and undermining human wellbeing. 

The Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age, published by the Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) identifies three systemic shifts needed to harness digital transformation as a positive and exponential force for progressing environmentally and socially sustainable development. Within each shift, this Action Plan identifies six strategic priorities that must be addressed during the 2022-2025 timeline. The Action Plan also presents 9 global Impact Initiatives, that interested stakeholders can lead, contribute to, or engage in to catalyze systemic transformations. 

The founding co-champions of CODES include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Science Council, the German Environment Agency, the Kenya Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Future Earth, and Sustainability in the Digital Age. The co-champions act as the Secretariat for CODES. 

The contents of this Action Plan are based on a series of open dialogues and collective intelligence processes undertaken with over 1000 stakeholders led by the Secretariat for CODES. More information is available on the CODES Community Page on


Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age.pdf

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