IGF 2019 OF #21 Digital Inclusion in the Arab Region

Description: 

It has become self evident that many of today’s ills of the digital realm could not be tackled and mitigated without the enhanced and full participation of all communities around the world, with ‘no one left behind’. Full digital inclusion of all community is key to reaching workable solutions that are sustainable, effective, and scalable across borders.

Several forms of the Digital Divide evolved in recent years, with gaps emerging, and with existing gaps exacerbated. The fast pace of new technologies has widened these gaps, both in adoption of these technologies and in developing policies around them. This has made it more urgent than ever to address the barriers such as infrastructure, affordability, digital skills, content and its creation, among other barriers.

Realising the SDGs for everyone by 2030 will depend on empowering people across gender, languages, accessibility needs, geographies, affordability levels, and communities to effectively adopt digital technologies, and maximise the benefit of its use across sectors like health, education, etc.

This Open Forum session will explore how these challenges are being addressed across the Arab region, and tools for all stakeholders to overcome barriers.

Organizers: 

UNESCWA
League of Arab States and UNESCWA

Speakers: 

Proposed Speakers (roundtable format):
1- Mr. Karim Abdelghani, ITU Arab Regional Office (IGO)
2- Mr. Charles Shaban, TAGI (PS)
3- ISOC (TBC)
4- Ms. Christine Arida, NTRA (GOV)
5- Mr. Imad Kreidieh, Ogero (GOV/PS)
6- Ms. Hanane Boujemi (Expert)

Online Moderator: 

Zahr Bou-Ghanem

SDGs: 

GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals