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Amidst a challenging global environment, world leaders will gather “virtually” for the United Nations General Assembly in September 2020, where they will adopt a landmark Declaration to mark the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations that pledges, for the first time, to “improve digital cooperation.” There, world Leaders will pledge that “Shaping a shared vision on digital cooperation and a digital future that show the full potential for beneficial technology usage, and addressing digital trust and security, must continue to be a priority as our world is now more than ever relying on digital tools for connectivity and social-economic prosperity.”
In responding to this call, the international community must press forward on the United Nations Secretary-General’s landmark Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, which lays out a concrete and action-oriented vision to connect, respect, and protect all people in the digital age. The 2020 High-Level Week at the United Nations will thus see a series of important events that will reiterate the international community’s commitment to digital cooperation and highlight the importance of the Secretary-General’s Roadmap in spurring future action.
Events during the High-Level Segment of the 75th United Nations General Assembly
***Each of the public events will be live-streamed here — bookmark this page to join the sessions***
15 September, 9:30 – 11:00 (ET) – “Digital Cooperation in the Humanitarian Sector” (convened by UN World Food Programme, OCHA and the Office of the Special Adviser)
This public online discussion will focus on the unique opportunities and challenges of utilizing digital technology in crisis and humanitarian situations.
15 September, 12:00 – 13:00 (ET) – “Digital Finance – a Building Block for Digital Cooperation” (convened by UNDP – the Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs, and the Office of the Special Adviser)
This public online event will focus on digital financing as integral to digital cooperation and provide recommendations on the way forward.
16 September, 8:30 – 10:00 (ET) – “Launch of a draft Policy on AI for Children” (convened by UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Finland)
This public online event will introduce UNICEF’s AI for Children project and the policy guidance, and explain how the public can provide further input on the guidance in the spirit of #digitalcooperation.
18 September – “Build back stronger and better: Leaving No One Behind” (Annual Fall Meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development)
This invitation-only meeting will address challenges of achieving universal resilient connectivity for all, the importance of digital cooperation and the future role of the Commission.
Contact: Broadband Commission Secretariat – email@example.com.
21 September, 10:00 – 12:00 (ET) – “Apps 4 Digital Peace Competition Virtual Awards Ceremony” (convened by Cybersecurity Tech Accord, the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), and the UN Office of the Envoy on Youth.
At this public event finalists of the Apps 4 Digital Peace Competition will present their ideas on innovative technological solutions to existing and potential cyber threats.
22 September, 11:15 – 12:30 (ET) – “Towards a Sustainable Development: Making the World Digital by Default” (convened by Kazakhstan, UNICEF and ITU)
This ministerial-level event is aimed at discussing and promoting transformative models to accelerate universal connectivity, such as GIGA.
Contact: Diana Kadyrova – firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 September, 10:00-14:00 (ET) – “Digital Cooperation: Action Today for Future Generations” (convened by UNICEF and Generation Unlimited, ITU, UNDP and the Office of the Special Adviser)
This High-Level event will focus on concrete actions to safeguard the technological era for future generations. The event will be publicly broadcast on webtv.un.org.
24 September, 11:00 – 12:00 – “High-Level Discussion on How Technology Companies Cooperate to Address Threats and Global Crises” (convened by Facebook, the International Chamber of Commerce, World Health Organization, and the Office of the Special Adviser)
This invitation-only discussion will emphasize how companies from across the technology sector can assist global health and other global threats to peace in multilateral settings.
TBC – “Protecting Human Rights during the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond: Digital Pandemic Surveillance and the Right to Privacy” (convened by Access Now, UN Global Pulse and OHCHR)
This panel event aims to delve into the implications of increased surveillance on human rights, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
Registration to come.