The UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

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After nine months of deliberations, the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (Panel) issued its final report with five recommendations on how to deal with the impact of digitalisation felt across industries, sectors, organisations communities and societies. Digital technology as an accelerator drives innovation, facilitates the realisation of sustainable development goals (SDGs), and contributes to social transformation. At the same time, digital advances raise uncertainty, and trigger disruptions and divides. The Panel’s report guides governments, companies, and individuals in making policy choices on our digital future. 

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The Panel’s report: The Age of Digital Interdependence


In the spirit of the Agenda 2030, the report commits to ‘leaving no one behind’ in the digital age. It promotes inclusiveness and the use of digital technology as a tool for the realisation of the SDGs. It also assesses the highly complex relationship between individuals, societies, and digital technologies, and endorses a human-centric approach to digital innovation. The Panel invites us to adhere to the Declaration of Digital Interdependence and to commit to accessible and affordable digital technologies that promote economic growth, equal social opportunity, and environmental sustainability. 

In addition to addressing the impact on and the role of the UN and its specialised agencies in the digital transformation, the report explores the array of existing governing mechanisms of digital cooperation. Given that the mechanisms have failed to pick up momentum, the Panel identifies the gaps which need to be addressed by appropriate functions, and presents three architecture models - the IGF Plus, Distributed Co-Governance Architecture, and a Digital Commons framework - which could fill these governance gaps.


*In order to simplify navigation through the rich landscape of digital policy, the Digital Watch has mapped out over a 1000 digital mechanisms. Analogous to one of the functions of a help desk (recommendation 2), the database allows stakeholders to stay informed and on track with the developments in the field of digital policy regulation. 

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