UN rings alarm bells for lack of access to internet, calls for High-Level meeting on connectivity

The pandemic has spurred rapid digitalization which has reduced its impact for some people in many countries: whether it concerns financial, health, employment or financial services – most of them can be done more and more online. At the same time, COVID-19 also led to an immediate and ever fast-growing digital divide between those who have access to broadband
internet and those who have not. With that, connectivity has suddenly become a central focus for countries, the private sector, civil society as well as multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations (UN).

Highlighting the urgency of the issue of connectivity, the President of the UN General Assembly called for a high-level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity’, which will take place this upcoming April 27th. The guiding question will be what can be done to promote more effective intersectoral linkages, at national and international levels, to achieve a whole-of-society approach to end the digital divide, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Aside from Heads of State, leaders from the private sector and civil society will project their challenges and successes as well as discuss innovative ideas and partnerships. After the meeting, new and existing multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships will be further discussed during ECOSOC’s STI Forum1
in May 2021.

Dr2 Consultants (NL: Dröge & van Drimmelen) guides its clients in building the external environment needed to contribute to the SDGs. On the theme of connectivity specifically, we assist stakeholders to monitor policy discussions and developments, to form stakeholder coalitions, and to actively get involved in the debates.

If your organization would like to be informed of the developments of the High-Level debate on April 27th or the aftermath, or should you be interested in what we can do for you on the SDGs in general, please do not hesitate to contact Stefanie Ros, Director of our New York office, at