Welcome to our May Newsletter

yes, I want to sign up !

Dear all,

Welcome to the May edition of the newsletter. This month, Geneva was bustling with several key events, among which the WSIS+20 Forum High-Level Event and the AI for Good Global Summit, led by ITU.

In 2005, when WSIS concluded, there were 972 million people online. As of today, 67 per cent of the world’s population is connected. Therefore, about one-third of the global population remains offline. On the other side of the spectrum, artificial intelligence a more recent phenomenon, is posing fundamental questions about our collective future.

As eyes turn to the UN Summit of the Future and the anticipated Global Digital Compact, these events offered platforms to explore insights and lessons learned on digital issues, while exploring ways to harness disruptive technologies. Read more in the dedicated sections below.

From 20 to 24 May, in Barbados, UN Trade and Development organized the first ever Global Supply Chain Forum, looking at disruptions in global value chains, challenges for developing countries and small island development states (SIDS) as well as opportunities to better harness digital technologies for improved connectivity and facilitation of trade.

SIDS were also at the core of the fourth Conference in Antigua and Barbuda, emphasizing, amongst other key issues, the need for robust digital infrastructure to foster economic growth and resilience.

When we look at making the digital economy more inclusive, we should also look at ways to enhance the participation of women in the digital space. More women are needed as leaders and innovators to shape policies and ecosystems that truly open new avenues for them. UN Trade and Development presented the new cohort of its digital trailblazers, the eTrade for Women Advocates, charting a way for more women to follow their path. Take a minute to discover them!

Last but not least, learn more about the fastest growing innovation and technological-driven sector in the newly WIPO-released report and have a say in the UNCTAD-led eTrade Readiness Assessment and E-commerce Strategies consultations coming to Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Enjoy the read !