United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Special event: Digital Cooperation in the Decade of Action

Wed 05 May 2021, 11.15 am
Virtual Event (NYC time)


(Webex) (UN webcast

This special event will build on session 5, focusing specifically on how digital cooperation in the Decade of Action can accelerate progress to the SDGs. It will include discussions on artificial intelligence (AI), connect to the PGA’s high-level thematic debate on digital cooperation and connectivity, and seek TFM synergies with multiple stakeholders active in the follow-up to the SG’s roadmap on digital cooperation. The event will explore broader STI actions that are essential to close digital divides, including gender digital divides.


  • H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovičs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations


  • Mr. Amandeep Gill, Director of Project “International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative”, Global Health Centre, Graduate institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


  • Ms. Nnenna Nwakanma, Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation
  • Ms. Anriette Estrehuysen, Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) chair, Internet Governance Forum
  • Mr. John Frank, Vice President, UN Affairs at Microsoft
  • Mr. Dominik Boesl, IEEE TechEthics Ambassador, and Professor for Digital Sciences, Automation and Leadership, Hochschule der Bayerischen Wirtschaft, Germany

Interactive discussion (all stakeholders) 

  • Mr. Stefan Weyler, German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), Germany [Statement]
  • Mr. Fuxiang He, Counselor, China
  • Ms. Camila Ramirez Rea, Science Policy Interface Platform, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) [Statement]

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