Prior to the Second High-level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation 20-22 March 2019, UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) launched ‘South-South Galaxy’ which is a global knowledge sharing and partnership platform that helps developing countries connect, learn, and collaborate with potential partners digitally. The digital tool further aims at bringing together other initiatives and tools developed by UN agencies in one platform for better access and navigation. ‘The Galaxy project will place in a single digital space all the great experiences of South-South cooperation. We are talking about the best cases, the best opportunities to establish contacts and partnerships”, said Special Envoy of the Secretary General, and Director of the UNOSSC Jorge Chediek. Additionally, on the same day, the UNOSSC published the South-South Cooperation an a Digital World – 2018 Annual Report in South-South Cooperation report which tackles digital industries in the Global South through examining prospects that influence them and possible areas of co-operation between Southern countries in this regard. It further explores how digital technologies can support trade and inclusive finances in developing countries.
The impact of the Internet on businesses and the global economy has been crucial in shaping new economic models, and at the same time, raising new concerns.
The Internet is one of the primary drivers of economic growth, which is visible in many countries that have placed the development of ICT as one of the primary tools for boosting the economy.
The need for people to gain access to ICT resources and narrow the digital divide is crucial, and is especially relevant now in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also important to understand how access to the Internet affects the level of economic and social development in a country.