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

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.

For this Dialogue, all Heads of UNGIS member agencies have been invited to contribute one brief think piece, focusing on the following questions:

  • How is digitalization affecting efforts at achieving the SDGs that are the most relevant to your agency?

  • How can more effective collaboration in the UN System support your agency in promoting inclusive development outcomes through digitalization?



Written by
Ghada Waly, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director

​Written by
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director


​Written by
Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General


Written ​by
LI Yong, UNIDO Director General

​Written by
QU Dongyu, Director-General of Food and Agricultural Organization
Written by
Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organization
 Digital development for recovery and transformation in the Arab region
Written by
Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary
UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
 Digitization: Towards a safer, more connected world for every child
Written by
Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund
 The Role of Digitalization in the Decade of Action
Written by
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
Written by
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UN-ECLAC

Written by
David Beasley, World Food Programme Executive Director


 Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Written by
Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Written by
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Executive Secretary of ESCAP and Vice-Chair of UNGIS

​Written by Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General and UNGIS Vice-Chair


 Making Digital Work for Sustainable Development: The Time to Act is Now
Written by
Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD and UNGIS Chair 2020-21

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