77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

September 21
Online
UN

UNGA77

THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL COOPERATION

Building resilience through safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

1:30pm EST

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About The Event 

Building on the 77th UNGA theme of “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,” this digital moment will highlight pioneering initiatives and leaders that are ushering in a new era of country-led digital cooperation to build safe, trusted, and inclusive Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI).

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Why Now?

As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, inclusive digital public infrastructure (DPI) has emerged as a key mechanism to transform service delivery and increase resilience for future crises. Digital public goods (DPGs) are rapidly becoming indispensable digital cooperation tools, helping countries shorten their learning and adoption curve as they build DPI. From cash transfers and food distribution to tech-led models of education and vaccine delivery, the last decade has seen a surge in the digitalization of public and private sector services. DPI systems have become critical to enabling meaningful delivery of public and private services and underpinning the achievement of a range of SDGs, including poverty reduction, financial inclusion, and climate resilience.

As global digital cooperation accelerates and more countries build inclusive DPI, there is a significant opportunity to align investments, share technology and implementation insights, and learn from the pioneering countries championing the use of DPGs for DPI. Contributions from countries will be important inputs to the Global Digital Compact and be complemented in DPG Charter efforts.

While DPI and other digital systems can unlock immense value, they can also expose people to risks such as privacy violations, data-driven behavioural manipulation, identity theft and fraud, and exclusion from essential public services. This event will garner commitments to put rights and inclusion at the centre of digital transformation and digital cooperation.

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Speakers

Achim Steiner (Chair)

UNDP Administrator

His Excellency Alar Karis

President, Republic of Estonia

His Excellency José Ramos-Horta

President, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

His Excellency Jonas Gahr Støre

Prime Minister, Norway

His Excellency Macky Sall

President, Republic of Senegal, and Chairperson, African Union

Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice-President, European Commission

Amandeep Singh Gill

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology

David Malpass

President, World Bank

Her Excellency Amani Abou-Zeid

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Her Excellency Cina Lawson

Minister of Digital Economy and Transformation, Republic of Togo

Her Excellency Josephine Teo

Minister for Communications and Information, Republic of Singapore

His Excellency Ahmed Hanandeh

Minister of Digital Economy,
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Catherine Russell

Executive Director, UNICEF

Martha Delgado

Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Bill Gates

Co-Chair, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

More speakers to be announced soon

Additional speakers will shortly be listed on this webpage.

Agenda

1:00 PM Guests Arrival

1:30 PM Formal Start/Live Telecast: Welcome & Opening Remarks

1:40 PM Keynotes: Open Digital Public Infrastructure for the Global Good

2:00 PM Keynote: Digital Public Infrastructure for Resilience and Economic Transformation

2:05 PM Panel: Mobilizing Financing for Inclusive Digital Public Infrastructure for All

2:20 PM Keynotes: The Need to Act Now – Digital Public Infrastructure for Inclusion and Resilience

2:35 PM Crisis of Today: Digital Public Infrastructure Lessons

2:40 PM High-Level Remarks: Perspectives from Digital Transformation Champions

2:55 PM Closing Keynote & Call to Action