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?
Download all contributions to the UNGIS Dialogue here: UNGIS Dialogue on the Role of Digitalization in the Decade of Action
Tourism and Digitalization in the Decade of Action
Written by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization
Digitalization: Enhancing contribution to Atoms for Peace and Development
Written by Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Beyond Recovery, Towards 2030: Digital Technologies for Charting a Sustainable Development Roadmap
Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The digital economy is a cornerstone of sustainable development
Xiaozhun Yi, World Trade Organization, Deputy Director General
The Role of Digitalization in the Decade of Action for Africa
Written by Dr. Vera Songwe, Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Harnessing the power of digital technology for a healthier world
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Health Organization Director-General
COVID-19 and the role of digital technologies for achieving the SDGs
Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs,UN DESA
Protecting people, securing the benefits of digital technologies for those who need them most
Ghada Waly, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Executive Director
Digitalisation for Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director