She said that although technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain are opening new frontiers of productivity and providing opportunities for individuals and societies, they pose numerous risks, including exclusion.
“Nearly half of the world’s population, 3.7 billion people, the majority of whom are women, and most of them are in developing countries, are still offline,” Ms. Muhammad Tell Ambassadors, technical experts and representatives of civil society groups.
“Collectively, our mission is to help design digital environments that can connect everyone to a positive future. That is why we need a joint effort, in cooperation between national and local governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and multilateral organizations.”
Fragmented digital space
Ms. Mohamed outlined areas of global cooperation, highlighting the key role of the United Nations in responding to what she described as the growing fragmentation in the digital space.
“Geopolitical fault lines between major powers are emerging, with technology as a major area of tension and discord,” she said. At the same time, tech companies are responding in different ways to issues related to privacy, data management, and freedom of expression.
She added that the situation is made worse by the deep digital divide between developed and developing countries, which has resulted in global discussions on digital issues becoming less inclusive and representative.
A “global city hall” is needed.
“Now more than ever, we need a global town hall to address these issues and tap into the potential of technological transformation to create new jobs, enhance financial inclusion, bridge the gender gap, stimulate green recovery and redesign our cities,” she said.
The UN Deputy Secretary-General stressed the value of sharing, as achieving global connectivity cannot be left only to governments or individual technology companies.
She stressed that no single country or company should “guide the course of our digital future.”
Development depends on communication
The General Assembly debate sought to generate political commitments to address the widening digital divide as efforts to recover from the epidemic are in line with the push to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the end of the decade.
“In a world of unparalleled innovation, where our loved ones are far away from a video call, billions struggle to access even the essential elements of calling or living with absolutely nothing. Indeed, for billions of people, the pace and scope of sustainable development depends on digital connectivity,” He saidVolkan BozkirPresident of the General Assembly.
“Now is the time to act,” he stressed, as the digital divide that has existed for a long time Covid-19Just because of the crisis. However, the recovery provides an opportunity for a real transformation.
“As I mentioned time and again, we must use the Sustainable Development Goals as a guide to recovery after COVID. This means ensuring that no one is left behind, that no one is left without an internet connection, and that we apply a community-wide, multi-stakeholder, and multi-generational approach in our efforts.” , He said.
“This is especially important for the world’s 1.8 billion young people, who must be equipped with the skills and resources to thrive in an ever-changing, technology-led future.”
Mr. Bozkir called for strengthening the implementation of initiatives such as The United Nations Secretary-General’s roadmap for digital cooperation, Which was launched last June. In addition to achieving global connectivity, its eight goals include ensuring the protection of human rights in the digital age.