The Future of Digital Cooperation

Building resilience through safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

1:30pm EST
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About the Event 

Building on the 77th UNGA theme of “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,” this digital moment highlighted pioneering initiatives and leaders that are ushering in a new era of country-led digital cooperation to build safe, trusted, and inclusive Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI).

Why now?

As the world enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, inclusive digital public infrastructure (DPI) has emerged as a key mechanism to transform service delivery and increase resilience for future crises. Digital public goods (DPGs) are rapidly becoming indispensable digital cooperation tools, helping countries shorten their learning and adoption curve as they build DPI. From cash transfers and food distribution to tech-led models of education and vaccine delivery, the last decade has seen a surge in the digitalization of public and private sector services. DPI systems have become critical to enabling meaningful delivery of public and private services and underpinning the achievement of a range of SDGs, including poverty reduction, financial inclusion, and climate resilience.

As global digital cooperation accelerates and more countries build inclusive DPI, there is a significant opportunity to align investments, share technology and implementation insights, and learn from the pioneering countries championing the use of DPGs for DPI. Contributions from countries will be important inputs to the Global Digital Compact and be complemented in DPG Charter efforts.

While DPI and other digital systems can unlock immense value, they can also expose people to risks such as privacy violations, data-driven behavioural manipulation, identity theft and fraud, and exclusion from essential public services. This event will garner commitments to put rights and inclusion at the centre of digital transformation and digital cooperation.

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Read the UN Secretary-General's Statement on The Future of Digital Cooperation

Achim Steiner (Chair)

UNDP Administrator

His Excellency Alar Karis

President, Republic of Estonia

Her Majesty Queen Máxima
of the Netherlands

UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development

His Excellency Jonas Gahr Støre

Prime Minister, Norway

His Excellency, President
Macky Sall

Republic of Senegal and Chairperson, African Union

His Excellency, Julius Maada Bio

President, Republic of Sierra Leone

His Excellency José Ramos-Horta

President, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Margrethe Vestager

Executive Vice-President, European Commission

His Excellency Joel Santos

Minister of the Presidency,
The Dominican Republic

Dr. Bärbel Kofler

Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Minister Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw

Hon'ble Minister of Railways; Communications; and Electronics and Information Technology, India

His Excellency Ahmed Hanandeh

Minister of Digital Economy,
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

His Excellency Moctar Yedaly

Minister of Digital Transformation, Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Her Excellency Marushka Victoria Lía Chocobar Reyes

Secretary of Government and Digital Transformation of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Peru

Her Excellency Paula Ingabire

Minister of ICT and Innovation, Republic of Rwanda

Her Excellency Josephine Teo

Minister for Communications and Information, Republic of Singapore

Her Excellency Cina Lawson

Minister of Digital Economy and Transformation, Republic of Togo

His Excellency Mykhailo Fedorov

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Digital Transformation, Ukraine

Ms. Isobel Coleman

Deputy Administrator for Policy & Programming, USAID, Government of
the USA

His Excellency Mykhailo Fedorov

Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Digital Transformation, Ukraine

Her Excellency Amani Abou-Zeid

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission

Martha Delgado Peralta

Viceminister for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico

Bill Gates

Co-Chair, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Doreen Bogdan Martin

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU

Amandeep Singh Gill

UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology

Catherine Russell

Executive Director, UNICEF

David Malpass

President, World Bank

Michele Jawando

Senior Vice President of Programs,
Omidyar Network


Pre event / Attendee arrival

Formal Start/Live Telecast: Welcome & Opening Remarks  

Keynotes: Open Digital Public Infrastructure for the Global Good

Keynote: Digital Public Infrastructure for Resilience and Economic Transformation

Panel: Mobilizing Financing for Inclusive Digital Public Infrastructure for All

Keynotes: The Need to Act Now - Digital Public Infrastructure for Inclusion and Resilience

Crisis of Today: Digital Public Infrastructure Lessons

High-Level Remarks: Perspectives from Digital Transformation Champions

Closing Keynote & Call to Action