Digital technology does not exist in a vacuum – it has enormous potential for positive change, but can also reinforce and magnify existing fault lines and worsen economic and other inequalities.

Report of the Secretary-General Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

The world is at a critical inflection point for digital technology and governance. While the digital era has brought society many incredible benefits, we also face many challenges such as growing digital divides, cyber threats, and human rights violations online. Achieving real and sustained progress in this era of digital transformation requires digital skills development and effective training, yet many countries and peoples today lack the the skills crucial for digital success. Therefore, greater coherence and coordination in capacity-building efforts are critical to attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Recognizing this, the Secretary General’s Envoy on Technology, along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have come together as part of a concerted effort at scaling up digital capacity building solutions. The agencies are working together to build a database of existing digital skills trainings, to support the matching of outstanding demand for these trainings to suppliers of them, and to convene a multi-stakeholder network promoting an overall more holistic and inclusive approach to digital capacity development.

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Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation

The world is shifting from analog to digital faster than ever before, further exposing the vast promise and peril of new technologies. While the digital era has brought society many benefits, we also face challenges such as growing digital divides, cyber threats, and human rights violations online.

Recognizing this, the United Nations Secretary-General launched his ‘Roadmap for Digital Cooperation’ (A/74/821) in June 2020. The Roadmap includes a set of recommended actions for the international community with the aim to ensure all people are ‘Connected, Respected, and Protected’ in the digital age. The Roadmap is the result of a multi-stakeholder, global consultation effort building on the recommendations made by the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation convened from July 2018 to June 2019.

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Specifically, the Roadmap presents the Secretary-General’s recommendations for concrete actions in the following eight areas: global connectivity, digital public goods, capacity building, digital inclusion, human rights, artificial intelligence, digital trust and security, and digital cooperation architecture. The implementation of the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation is led by the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology, including through the coordination of eight multi-stakeholder roundtable groups.

The Roundtable on Digital Capacity Building is co-championed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This website presents the ongoing work to implement the key actions for digital capacity building envisioned in the Secretary-General’s Roadmap, particularly the mapping of existing digital capacity building initiatives, building of a multi-stakeholder network for capacity development, and support to the country-level initiatives, aiming to strength the coordination, as well as technical and operational capacity of national, regional and international efforts on digital capacity building.