Anchoring sustainability in the United Nations’ Global Digital Compact

April 12, 2023

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Digital technologies offer tremendous opportunities, including the potential to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, however, they also can pose harms to societies and the environment.

Recognizing this dichotomy, the United Nations adopted a Declaration in 2020, pledging to “improve digital cooperation,” and to provide a “platform for all stakeholders to participate in such deliberations.”

Now, leading to the Summit of the Future in 2024, the UN proposes a Global Digital Compact and everyone is invited to contribute. The Global Digital Compact is expected to “outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all.” You can consult with others and share the collective views, or you can submit your individual views.

Sustainability in the Digital Age and the Future Earth Canada Hub have submitted input stressing that environmental sustainability must be a central element in the Global Digital Compact and we are calling for a specific session during the Summit of the Future dedicated to the environment. We highlight that the interrelated issues of climate change and biodiversity conservation must be an essential consideration in the Compact and surrounding deliberations.

Deadline to submit your input is 30 April 2023Go to the Global Digital Compact website to learn more and contribute >

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