Action Line C7. E-government: Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity through Digital Government


Session 308

11:00–13:00, Thursday, 15 June 2017 Room G1, ITU Varembé Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting

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Digital technologies and innovations are disrupting the public sector and impacting people’s everyday lives.  The 2030 Agenda specifically recognized the vital role of these technologies as a catalyst for realizing its vision and stated that “the spread of information and communications technology (ICT) and global interconnectedness have great potential to  accelerate  human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, as does scientific and technological innovation across areas as diverse as medicine and energy”.
Aware of these technologies, governments around the world are investing more and more on ICTs to deliver public services. According to the 2016 United Nations E-Government Survey, there has been a sharp rise in the number of countries that are using e-government to provide public services online through one stop-platforms – an approach that makes it easier to access public services.  Some countries like Denmark and the United Kingdom are aiming for ‘digital by default’, meaning that “digital services are so straightforward and convenient that all those who can use them will choose to do so whilst those who can’t are not excluded”.

The facilitation meeting will focus on how e-Government can help eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world by providing a platform for participants  to (i) exchange experiences and lessons on the role of digital government for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity; (ii) identify priority areas for implementation within the Action Lines;  (iii)  exchange  ideas  in  particular  on  how  to maximize the role and impact of public authorities in putting ICT at the service of poor; (iv) how can the governments and global community better measure digital government development and (v) explore synergies among different stakeholders for more effective knowledge sharing and collaboration in the implementation process.

The event will consist of a few pointed presentations by governments and other representatives identifying good practices to be shared and challenges on which they would like advice or support.  This will be followed by responses by other speakers on the panel and by an interactive dialogue among all meeting participants.

The outcome of this meeting is expected to feed into the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2017, which is the United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. (see below table for more details about HLPF 2017).

Please scroll down to find the list of Speakers. 


Ms. Marion Barthelemy, Director, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)


Mrs. Yolanda Martínez, Head of Digital Government Unit, Office of the President, Mexico
Mr. Alexey Kozyrev, Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation
Mr. Vik Bhoyroo, Ag. Executive Director, National Computer Board (NCB), Mauritius
Mr. Wisdom Donkor, E-government and Open Government Data Platforms Specialist, National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Ghana
Mr. Kim Andreasson, Managing Director, Daka Advisory, Vietnam/Sweden
Mr. Luis Barbosa, Head, United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV)

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C7 e-Gov logo C7. ICT Applications: E-government

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production logo Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Life below water logo Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15: Life on land logo Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development