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Close the Digital Divides: the Digital Response to COVID-19

Estonia and Singapore are co-sponsoring a Global Declaration on the Digital Response to COVID-19, “Close the Digital Divides: the Digital Response to COVID-19”. The declaration was launched at a videoconference at the level of Foreign Ministers on Wednesday, 1 July 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis is the greatest global challenge since the Second World War. While many of us have endured unimaginable hardship during the crisis, it is still possible to turn this challenge into an opportunity to build stronger societies that can withstand devastating social, economic and political emergencies. This can be done by using innovative digital solutions. 

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OBJECTIVES:

 

The aim of this Ministerial Conference was to provide an opportunity to discuss how countries can emerge stronger and better equipped from the COVID-19 crisis by using innovative and flexible digital solutions, and working together as a global family. Countries can share the lessons learned from our response to this unprecedented crisis, and highlight their outlook for our future, particularly as we face challenges to multilateralism and in view of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

The Global Declaration on the Digital Response to COVID-19 remains open to be co-sponsored and supported by all interested countries.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

The creation of the internet led to a revolution. Similarly, the digital transformation of societies, which has sped up as a result of the current COVID-19 crisis, could bring about a global breakthrough. Digital transformation should be addressed in a holistic manner, encompassing all aspects of society. This crisis has underlined once more that digital transformation is crucial for strengthening the resilience of societies. At the same time, accelerated digitalisation could lead to widening digital divides. This has to be avoided, and no one should be left behind. We need strong political will, vision and a systematic approach to realise the potential of digitalisation.

 

 

SUPPORTERS OF THE DECLARATION 

 

  1. Algeria
  2. Andorra
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Austria
  5. Bahrain
  6. Benin
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. Bulgaria
  9. Burkina Faso
  10. Chile
  11. Colombia
  12. Cote d' Ivoire
  13. Cyprus
  14. Djibouti
  15. Ecuador
  16. Egypt
  17. Equatorial Guinea
  18. Estonia
  19. Finland
  20. Georgia
  21. Guyana
  22. Honduras
  23. Hungary
  24. Iceland
  25. Israel
  26. Jordan
  27. Kazakhstan
  28. Latvia
  29. Lithuania
  30. Luxembourg
  31. Mali
  32. Moldova
  33. Montenegro
  34. Morocco
  35. Nambia
  36. Netherlands
  37. Nigeria
  38. North Macedonia
  39. Norway
  40. Oman
  41. Palau
  42. Palestinian Authority
  43. Peru
  44. Philippines
  45. Poland
  46. Portugal
  47. Romania
  48. Rwanda
  49. San Marino
  50. Seychelles
  51. Sierra Leone
  52. Singapore
  53. Slovakia
  54. Slovenia
  55. South Africa
  56. Sri Lanka
  57. Spain
  58. Sri Lanka
  59. Sultanate of Oman
  60. Suriname
  61. Sweden
  62. Switzerland
  63. Tunisia
  64. Turkey
  65. Ukraine
  66. United Arab Emirates
  67. Zambia
 
Last updated: 30 July 2020

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