The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was set up as an open discussion platform of the United Nations for key legal, political, social and technical issues relating to the internet.
The IGF is designed according to the “multi-stakeholder” model, meaning that all the relevant societal groups are equally involved in preparations and implementation: from governments, civil society, business, academia, international organisations and the technical community. This is particularly of note in terms of representatives from developing and newly industrialising countries, who otherwise tend to be under-represented.
GeSI CEO Luis Neves will be speaking at the "Achieving the SDGs in the Digital Age" session on Wednesday, 27 November at 14:15-16:15 at the Estrel Congress Center in Berlin, Germany.
This session will discuss how digital technologies and transformation act as catalysts across all three pillars of sustainable development (social, environmental and economic), and start a debate on how to best ensure these innovations are accessible, affordable, and relevant to the needs of all citizens. It will offer a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to better understand the 2030 Agenda and to interact with decision-makers at the international, regional and national levels, finding paths for multistakeholder collaboration to achieve the SDGs.
The session seeks answers to the following policy questions:
1. How can Digital technologies and transformation help address development crises in each pillar of development:
a. People: hunger, health, education, equality;
b. Planet: water, sanitation, energy;
c. Prosperity: labour, trade, skills?
2. What concrete actions, initiatives exist locally, regionally or globally to promote the use of digital technologies and transformation as well as multistakeholder cooperation to advance these issues?
3. What are the lessons learned from these initiatives:
a. what are the take-aways for each stakeholder group?
b. how can we foster wider and stronger cooperation?
c. how to integrate the opportunities offered by digital technologies and transformation into policy action?
Ultimately, the session aims to enable participants and all stakeholders to better grasp the relevance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and thus facilitating all interested parties to take full advantage of the already existing global commitments to further the SDGs. To this end, the session will present and share ICT innovations, actions and policy approaches that had been implemented and worked well and which had helped in achieving SDGs in communities.