The rapid rise of digital technologies is transforming economic and social activities. Affecting all parts of the United Nations System, digitalization poses both opportunities and challenges for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The present crisis related to the COVID-19 virus has made the link between digitalization and development abundantly clear, including by highlighting the significant divides that exist.
In this context, the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) has initiated this Dialogue on the Role of Digitalization in the Decade of Action to raise awareness of both the importance of digitalization in achieving the SDGs and of the unique opportunity that UNGIS presents for more effective collaboration in this area within the UN System.
Vice-Chairs: ITU, UNDP, UNESCAP, UNESCO
- Annual meeting at WSIS Forum 2021
- High-Level Breakfast Meeting
- Working Level Meeting
- High-Level Political Forum 2020
- UNGIS Input to the United Nations High-level Political Forum 2020
- UNGIS side event
“Implementation of the WSIS Action Lines in Covid-19 Response and SDG Decade of Action”
15 July 16:00-17:00 Geneva time (CEST)
The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the vital role of ICTs in responding to crisis --- in enabling governments to maintain critical functions and operations, enabling and sustaining delivery of essential services, ensuring flow of reliable information, enabling business continuity across sectors (not least through remote work, telemedicine, e-education), and maintain social connectedness and cohesion. As countries and communities continue to respond to the pandemic and start to rebuild from its serious impact, digital capacities will be among the critical pillars for quick recovery and for accelerating progress towards 2030.
This session will focus on the strategic ways governments and partners leveraged ICTs during the pandemic, raising key challenges and gaps; and, exploring ways forward for recovery and building back better, identifying digital capacities to prioritize based on needs on the ground, and the synergies necessary to support those.
A special edition of the Technical UNGIS meeting was held on Thursday 11 July 2019 at the High-Level Political Forum 2019.
UNGIS organised a Side Event at the High-Level Political Forum 2019 titled: Fostering Digital Transformation and Global Partnerships for SDG Achievement [Aligning WSIS process with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development]. UNGIS organised this side event to 1) enhance understanding of digital transformation as a sustainable development imperative; 2) rally stakeholders on the need for greater cooperation to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and, 3) to convey UNGIS readiness as an interagency mechanism for delivering coordinated support to Member States.