UN/ GUTERRES DIGITAL COOPERATION

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Secretary-General Antonio Guterres formally launched the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation which aims to connect and protect people in the digital age. Earlier, he addressed the High-Level Meeting on the Impact of Rapid Technological Change on the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are at a critical point for technology governance. Digital connectivity is indispensable, both to overcome the pandemic, and for a sustainable and inclusive recovery. But we cannot let technology trends get ahead of our ability to steer them and protect the public good. If we do not come together now around using digital technology for good, we will lose a significant opportunity to manage its impact, and we could see further fragmentation of the internet, to the detriment of all.”

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3. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Roadmap is a guide for a multilateral, multi-stakeholder way forward in the age of digital interdependence. Building on the report of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, it sets out eight areas where we can come together and pursue the imperative for global action on digital cooperation. The overriding aim of the Roadmap is to connect, respect, and protect people in the digital age.”

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5. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Digital technology is central to almost every aspect of the response to the pandemic, from vaccine research to online learning models, e-commerce and tools that are enabling hundreds of millions of people to work and study from home. But the digital divide is now a matter of life and death for people who are unable to access essential healthcare information. It is threatening to become the new face of inequality, reinforcing the social and economic disadvantages suffered by women and girls, people with disabilities and minorities of all kinds.”

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7. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

09 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are at a turning point. We urgently need to harness the infinite opportunities offered by digital technology in order to scale up our efforts on healthcare, on the climate crisis, on eradicating poverty, and across all the Sustainable Development Goals. But to realize these opportunities, we must move forward in the digital age with increased international cooperation based on mutual trust.”

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9. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (11 Jun) formally launched the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation which aims to connect and protect people in the digital age.

Addressing the virtual High-Level Event on the State of the Digital World, Guterres said, “we are at a critical point for technology governance.” Digital connectivity, he said, “is indispensable,” both to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, “and for a sustainable and inclusive recovery.”

The Secretary-General said, “if we do not come together now around using digital technology for good, we will lose a significant opportunity to manage its impact, and we could see further fragmentation of the internet, to the detriment of all.”

The Roadmap, he said, “is a guide for a multilateral, multi-stakeholder way forward in the age of digital interdependence.”

The Roadmap builds on the report of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and sets out eight areas for global action on digital cooperation; namely, universal connectivity, digital public goods, digital inclusion, digital capacity-building, digital human rights, artificial intelligence, digital trust and security, and global digital cooperation.

Earlier, the Secretary-General addressed the High-Level Meeting on the Impact of Rapid Technological Change on the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He told the meeting that “we urgently need to harness the infinite opportunities offered by digital technology in order to scale up our efforts on healthcare, on the climate crisis, on eradicating poverty, and across all the Sustainable Development Goals.”

To realize these opportunities, he added, “we must move forward in the digital age with increased international cooperation based on mutual trust.”

Guterres said “the digital divide is now a matter of life and death for people who are unable to access essential healthcare information” and “is threatening to become the new face of inequality, reinforcing the social and economic disadvantages suffered by women and girls, people with disabilities and minorities of all kinds.”
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