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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 (as of 10.07.2020) 

 

  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. Georgia
  19. Guyana
  20. Honduras
  21. Hungary
  22. Iceland
  23. Israel
  24. Jordan
  25. Kazakhstan
  26. Latvia
  27. Lithuania
  28. Mali
  29. Morocco
  30. Netherlands
  31. North Macedonia
  32. Norway
  33. Oman
  34. Palau
  35. Palestine
  36. Philippines
  37. Poland
  38. Portugal
  39. Romania
  40. Rwanda
  41. San Marino
  42. Seychelles
  43. Slovakia
  44. Slovenia
  45. South Africa
  46. Sri Lanka
  47. Spain
  48. Sri Lanka
  49. Suriname
  50. Sweden
  51. Switzerland
  52. Turkey
  53. Ukraine
  54. United Arab Emirates
 
Last updated: 13 July 2020

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