Online Global Dialogue on Digital Inclusion for All
By adopting the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States committed to achieving sustainable development for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. The Agenda is based on the ideals of inclusiveness and shared prosperity and Member States pledged to leave no one behind and to endeavor to reach the furthest behind first.
Digital technologies – the internet, mobile phones, and all the other tools to collect, store, analyze, and share information digitally – have spread rapidly in much of the world. Many of us depend on them to work, to educate the young, and reach out to our friends and family. These technologies have enabled digital public services, digital payments, online learning, telehealth, online shopping and more. However, about half the world’s people access and use the Internet, the other half do not. Millions of people cannot work or go to school remotely or access technology and its benefits. Many of the unconnected live in least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states, and within countries in rural and remote areas or urban impoverished areas.
Digital divide still persists between more and less connected countries, communities, and people. Enabling all the world’s people to access and use digital technologies (the Internet including mobile technologies) – and closing digital divides- remains a challenge that needs to be addressed if the world community is to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Building on the outcome of the meeting UNDESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development, in partnership with ITU, is organizing an online global dialogue on “Digital Inclusion for All”. The event gathers high-level technical experts, as well as representatives of Governments, civil society, academic institutions, and the private sector to discuss the urgency of addressing digital inclusion for all.
- Dr. Julia Glidden, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector
- Dr. Alison Gillwald, Executive Director, Research ICT Africa, Adjunct Professor at University of Cape Town
- Ms. Nnenna Nwakanma, Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation
- Mr. Jan A.G.M. van Dijk, Professor of communication science at the University of Twente, the Netherlands