Geneva, Switzerland

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Internet can be a facilitator for human rights, development, and economic stability and growth, contributing decisively to human development. At the same time, cyber-terrorism, online crime, and other forms of Internet misuse demonstrate how Internet governance remains a challenge in need of urgent attention.

Microsoft CEO Brad Smith will deliver the keynote speech, and will discuss various aspects of Internet governance and the proposed Digital Geneva Convention with Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Kate Gilmore, and the Head of the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the United Nations in New York Phillip Spoerri.

The discussion will be held at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, at 16:00-18:00 CET (15:00-17:00 UTC). It will be livestreamed, and an online discussion will take place via #GenevaDigital and on and Digital Watch observatory at https://dig.watch/geneva#livestream

The event will be opened by the Director-General of UN Office in Geneva Michael Møller and UNITAR Executive Director Nikhil Seth. It will be moderated by the Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership Department at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Doreen Bogdan-Martin, while the online discussion will be moderated by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) Head Jovan Kurbalija.

The event is organised by UNOG and UNITAR, in partnership with the Geneva Internet Platform and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, and with the support of Fondation pour Genève. The event forms part of the Geneva Lecture Series (GLS).

Registration for the event is open. For more information, visit the event webpage.


Follow the livestream and participate in the discussion. Use the livechat on this page or join the Twitter conservation via #GenevaDigital. The moderator will put forward the online comments and questions to the panelists. Learn more about Microsoft’s proposed Digital Geneva Convention on our Cyber-norms space.