Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

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The Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

 

The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was established by the UN Secretary-General in July 2018 and in 2019 submitted a final report “The Age of Digital Interdependence”. Further information on the work of the High-Level Panel and the subsequent follow-up processes can be found here.

On 11 June 2020, the United Nations Secretary-General issued a Roadmap for Digital Cooperation (A/74/821) which addresses how the international community can better harness the opportunities presented by digital technologies while addressing their challenges.

The Secretary-General’s Roadmap builds on recommendations made by the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and input from Member States, the private sector, civil society, the technical community and other stakeholder groups and calls on us all to:

 

CONNECT

We must achieve universal, safe, inclusive, and affordable access to the Internet for all by 2030. Overcoming the digital divide is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 

RESPECT

Human rights exist online as they do offline and need to be at the center of digital technology. Putting human rights and human agency at the center of everything is crucial in the digital space.

PROTECT

We must mitigate online harms and rising digital security threats, especially for the most vulnerable amongst us.

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United Nations Secretary-General

“Today, a new technological era is upon us—one that beckons with vast opportunity but also new risks to global peace, stability and development. We must ask a fundamental question about the future: what kind of world are we going to leave for our children?

Will our legacy be a set of technologies that only boost the wealthiest and most connected of our societies while leaving the rest of the world unconnected and further behind?

Or will we bequeath future generations a digital world that strengthens human rights, advances peace and improves all lives, including the most vulnerable?”

– António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

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Update on the implementation of the Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, April 2021

Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, June 2020

Report of the High-Level-Panel on Digital Cooperation, June 2019