Reduced inequalities: within and among countries, as well as correcting disparitiesin influence in international organizations among developed and developing nations. We are doing its part to create governance structures that are inclusive and represent voices from around the globe through the creation of the Youth Leadership Board and the participatory grantmaking mechanisms that underpin the Spark Fund.
In addition, through the Spark Fund, we are funding local organizations in countries across the globe that are addressing social, economic, and environmental challenges in their communities, thereby contributing to this goal. Addressing inequalities, especially in digital access and inclusion, will be a cornerstone of the work that we do.
Climate action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Climate change represents a threat to vulnerable communities and the Avast Foundation is committed to exploring the ways we can magnify and support action on climate change or to mitigate its impacts. For instance, our responsive funding may be used to provide relief for climaterelated events in the future. Further, we are aware of the many ways in which digital technologies are required to support a just climate transition, as well as the importance of climate related action to young people. We expect to explore these issues further.
Peace, justice and strong instituti ons: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Trustworthy technology and communication platforms are essential for building just and inclusive institutions globally. The Foundation is working towards this goal through its commitments to inclusive, participatory, and representative decision making.
Furthermore, by supporting organizations that are expressly making transparency, freedom of speech, and open government their areas of impact, we are magnifying our impact in these areas through our partners. We believe that online safety and digital rights are now necessary to ensure both citizen participation and institutional accountability, and our work on digital citizenship and civic participation contributes to this goal.
Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. The UN notes that as of 2021, nearly half the world’s population still remains offline, despite the increased need for internet connectivity that arose during the pandemic. As more and more of the world’s citizens come online, there will be a huge need to ensure that they are able to access the internet in ways that are safe, secure, and private, and which support their entrance into a global economy and society, both as individuals and communities