Report of the UN Secretary-General’s HLP on Digital Cooperation
About the Report
The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, convened the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation to advance proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among Governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, academia, the technical community and other relevant stakeholders.
The 20-member panel, co-chaired by Ms. Melinda Gates and Mr. Jack Ma, was expected to raise awareness about the transformative impact of digital technologies across society and the economy, and contribute to the broader public debate on how to ensure a safe and inclusive digital future for all, taking into account relevant human rights norms.
During its work, the panel broadly consulted with various stakeholders, including the IGF community.
The Panel submitted the final report to the Secretary-General on 10 June 2019. During the launch, the Secretary-General called for a broad consultation process on the topics covered in the report.
While the consultation launched below focuses mainly on Digital Cooperation and the IGF/IGF Plus, the full report is also available for consultation (here) and there are many important topics and recommendations that deserve consideration and careful review.
Digital Cooperation at the IGF 2019
The IGF 2019 Annual Meeting will feature a main session dedicated to Digital Cooperation, scheduled to be on 26 November, from 10:00-13:00 p.m. CEST, Main Hall. This session will reflect on the HLPDC Report recommendations, with special focus on the Recommendation 5 and the proposed model for global digital cooperation called: The Internet Governance Forum Plus (IGF Plus).
In preparation for this session, the IGF community is invited to provide feedback to the Recommendation 5 – Global Digital Cooperation and the IGF Plus model. Relevant sections of the Report are extracted further below. Comments can be provided through 30 September 2019. Respondents can also email written contributions to email@example.com. These contributions will be posted on the IGF website.
All received inputs will be synthesized in a written output document and this will be posted in late October as an input to the above-mentioned main session during the 14th IGF in Berlin, where we will facilitate online as well as physical participation.
It is very important that this report and subsequent discussions have a very broad outreach. We need to do all we can to include those voices not historically engaged in discussions on Internet Governance or Digital Cooperation. This is a great opportunity to reach out and increase engagement from marginalized groups as well as other disciplines. Concrete and actionable feedback will help all our improvement efforts.
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CALL FOR FEEDBACK: Section 1
GLOBAL DIGITAL COOPERATION