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UN Chief launches high-level panel on international digital cooperation

The Panel will complete its deliberations and submit its final report, including actionable recommendations, within a nine-month period.


Devdiscourse News Desk 13 Jul 2018, 02:02 AM
UN Chief launches high-level panel on international digital cooperation
  • A high-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was established by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 12 July 2018. (Image Credit: Twitter)

A high-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was established by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 12 July 2018, tasked to map trends in digital technologies, identify gaps and opportunities, and outline proposals for strengthening international cooperation.

The panel will be co-chaired by US philanthropist Melinda Gates and China-based Alibaba founder Jack Ma and will have 20 members in total and include leaders from industry, civil society and academia.

"This is the first such panel of its kind – and will be comprised of women and men at the frontiers of technology, public policy, science, and academia," said Mr. Guterres, while addressing the reporters.

'The panel members will meet twice; first in New York in September during the UN General Assembly, and then in Switzerland January 2019. The Panel will also seek to gather the views and proposals of the Member States, relevant industries, civil society and academia worldwide through a careful consultation process. The Panel will complete its deliberations and submit its final report, including actionable recommendations, within a nine-month period.

The report is expected to:

1) raise awareness about the transformative impact of digital technologies across society and the economy,

2) identify policy, research and information gaps as well as ways to improve interdisciplinary action on digital technologies

3) present concrete proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space in an effective and inclusive manner.

Furthermore, the report will contribute to stimulating discussion among and between various stakeholder groups on how they can work together to maximize the potential of the digital technologies that make a significant contribution to realize 2030 Agenda for SDGs.