UNGIS Side Event @ HLPF 2021

ICTs for Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Societies and Economies (WSIS Cooperation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals)

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As one of the Group’s contributions to the HLPF process, this session, organised by the UNGIS co-vice chairs, will focus on how ICTs and the WSIS Action Lines can help accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), learning from the COVID-19 experience to build more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable societies and economies and to strengthen partnerships and digital cooperation towards achieving the goals and targets across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Organised UNGIS/WSIS/Russian Federation, this side event will take place on:
9 July 2021, 08:00-09:00 New York time / 14:00-15:00 CEST

UNGIS Dialogue on the Role of Digitalization in the Decade of Action

Accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through better collaboration in the UN System

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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.

UNGIS Focus 2020-2021

UNGIS Activities for the Year: 2020-2021

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  • 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

UNGIS Side Event @ HLPF 2020

Information and Communication Technologies and Digital Transformation for Building Back Better and Accelerating SDG Achievement

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“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.