Digital cooperation and connectivity – High-level thematic debate

Rapidly digitalized world highlights urgency of bold commitments to ensure a common digital future for all and leave no one offline.

The President of the UN General Assembly (PGA) is convening a one-day High-Level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity under the theme “Whole-Of-Society Approaches to End the Digital Divide”. The PGA decided to bring the international community together on this issue in light of the importance of digital connectivity and cooperation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to numerous requests from Member States.

The event will generate political commitments and leverage new and existing partnerships to address the widening digital divide as the world drives COVID-19 recovery efforts in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Member state representatives, UN entities, technology and telecommunications leaders, experts in digital governance and civil society will come together in three panel discussions and a High-Level Plenary.

Opening Segment

– H.E. Mr. Volkan BOZKIR, President of the General Assembly.
– H.E. Mr. Munir Akram, President of the Economic and Social Council.
– Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.
– H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.
– Ms. Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director of “Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations”.

– Panel 1: Ending the Digital Divide by 2030: COVID-19 Recoveries To Accelerate the Decade of Action
– High-Level Plenary

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