GeSI engages global influencers to strengthen partnerships and accelerate Digital with Purpose

GeSI calls on the international community to strengthen global partnerships to fast-track the role digital technologies can play to accelerate achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.


Published on: Jul 28, 2020 | Written by: Mark Evans

New York, United Nations, High Level Political Forum Side Event (8th July, 2020): GeSI calls on the international community to strengthen global partnerships to fast-track the role digital technologies can play to accelerate achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

Organised by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and GeSI, the side event during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development involved leading institutions with government collaboration from Bangladesh, Argentina, Niger and Montenegro.

With contributions from country ambassadors, UN officials, the ITU and industry leaders, a strong case was presented for a more inclusive digital transformation in order to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Discussions also explored how the adoption of meaningful digital technologies, ICT infrastructure and institutional cooperation are key to address the existing digital divide.

Referencing the report ‘Digital with Purpose’ produced by Deloitte for GeSI, Luis Neves, Managing Director and CEO of GeSI, introduced the international community to the ‘Digital with Purpose Movement’ which has recently been launched in response to the Smarter 2030 report findings. The movement promises radical change to accelerate the impact digital technology has on achieving the 2030 Agenda, and is already supported by leading ICT organisations including AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Verizon, TDC Group, Swisscom and Superior Essex.

“Through our members, GeSI is committed to taking a leading role in implementing an ambitious and measurable approach to tackling the gravest challenges facing our planet” says Luis Neves.

“I am delighted with our progress, but the ICT industry cannot achieve this change on its own. We all need to re-commit to the 2030 Agenda together. This is a race to the top and the global transformation needed requires cooperation, partnership and commitment from everyone – governments, investors, regulators and cross-sector industry leaders. Join the Digital with Purpose Movement and let’s make a bigger impact together“ 

For more information or to join the Digital with Purpose Movement, please contact kaoru.inoue@gesi.org 


ABOUT GESI: The Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder organization made up of international members and partners committed to creating and promoting digital technologies and practices that foster economic, environmental and social sustainability.

ABOUT ITU: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. ITU is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means.

ABOUT UNOSSC: The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) is a knowledge hub providing advisory and consulting services to all stakeholders on South-South and triangular cooperation. It enables developing countries to effectively face their development challenges and harness opportunities to address them. UNOSSC engages with Member States globally and regionally, as well as within the UN system to facilitate practical expressions of Southern solidarity towards the achievement of internationally agreed development goals.

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