Arab Inter-Regional Consultation meeting on Digital technologies for Sustainable Development 2030 and related regional processes

United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Western Asia

Session 129

16:30–18:15, Monday, 19 March 2018 Room G1, ITU Varembé Thematic Workshop Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Related Links 

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The event will cover the main topics of priority in Technology for Development
Horizon 2030, and the use of technology for Government transformation, with status,
gaps, and vision 2030 with benchmarks and necessary policy changes essential to
reduce development gaps expected in 2030.
The discussion would focus on:
• Concept and focus of the 2018 edition of ESCWA Publication on Digital Technology
for Development Horizon 2030.
• Collaboration between ESCWA and different parties in the next edition of the Arab
High-Level Forum on WSIS and 2030 Agenda scheduled in 2019, as the first fullfledged
Arab WSIS Forum.


Mr. Ayman El-Sherbiny,Chief ICT Policies Section, Technology for Development


1. Chairperson: Mr. Haidar Fraihat, Director Technology for Development Division, UN-ESCWA

2. Potential Speakers:

- Ms.  Sasha Rubel ,UNESCO

-Ms. Marie Sicat,UNCTAD

-Ms. Gitanjali  Sah,ITU

-Mr. Hani Isknder, ITU

In addition to other speaker from UNECA,UNECE,and speakers from participants in the forum from Arab Countries

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C6 logo C6. Enabling environment
  • AL C7 e-Bus logo C7. ICT Applications: E-business
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning
  • AL C7 e-Hea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • 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 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 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

Digital Technologies constitute a key driver of the fourth industrial revolution, with an impact on all socio-economic endeavors in developed and developing countries. Furthermore,technologies provide governments with options to achieve the individual targets set out in the 2030 Agenda this will strengthen governments and empower its citizens.


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