The UN’s Vision for a Digital Future

The scale, spread and speed of change brought about by digital technology is unprecedented and the current levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenge.

Members event, Webinar Recording
17 June 2020 — 3:00PM TO 4:00PM

Within the space of a few months, the global health crisis has fast-forwarded digitalization across all sectors as well as amplified its core challenges.

It has also further accentuated the gaps in connectivity and digital access within, and between, countries as participation in social, political and economic activities are now mainly facilitated by digital infrastructures and internet access.

The new pandemic environment has underscored the fragmentation of responses and approaches to technology deployment and adoption. Now, more than ever, cooperation across domains, and across borders, is urgent and critical to realizing the full social and economic potential of digital technologies, mitigating the risks they pose and curtailing any unintended consequences during and after the current crisis.

In this high-level event, co-hosted by the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, the International Chamber of Commerce and Chatham House, the panellists discuss recommendations for strengthening cooperation in the digital space.

In particular, they review the UN secretary-general’s Roadmap on Digital Cooperation which lays out the United Nation’s vision for how to engage on key issues such as digital connectivity, human rights and trust and security.

The discussion draws on insights from Chatham House’s Digital Society Initiative and Inclusive Governance Initiative which explore how governance processes must adapt to engage the diversity of actors critical to delivering global solutions for the digital world.

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