Purpose and Goals

The scale, spread and speed of change brought about by digital technologies is unprecedented.

Digital technologies know no borders. They cut across boundaries, sectors and disciplines, opening up new opportunities which are transforming societies and economies, and helping achieve the world’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

At the same time, as a global community we face questions about security, equity, ethics, and human rights in a digital age. And the current means and levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenges.

Cooperation across domains and across borders is critical to realizing the transformational potential of digital technologies, while safeguarding against risks and unintended consequences.

The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was established by the UN Secretary-General in July 2018 to identify good examples and propose modalities for working cooperatively across sectors, disciplines and borders to address challenges in the digital age.

The Panel will conduct a broad engagement and consultation process, resulting in a final report with actionable recommendations in 2019.

Meet The Panel

Melinda Gates
Jack Ma
Mohammad Abdullah AlGergawi
Yuichiro Anzai
Astrup Nikolai
Vinton G Cerf
Fadi Chehade
Sophie Soowon
Isabel Guerrero
Marina Kaljurand
Bogolo Kenewendo
Marina Kolesnik
Doris Leuthard
Cathy Mulligan
Akaliza Keza Ntwari
Edson Prestes
Kira Radinsky
Nanjira Sambuli
Danny Sriskandarajah
Jean Tirole
Amandeep Gill
Jovan Kurbalija


Current means and levels of international cooperation are not commensurate with the scale and rapidity of changes brought about by digital technologies. Digital technologies cut uniquely across  international boundaries. Cooperation across sectors and across borders is critical to realizing the full social and economic potential of digital technologies as well as mitigating the risks they could pose.

The term Digital Cooperation aims to frame discussions on digital issues in a cooperative framework; it also aims to break silos by encouraging thinking and action across domains, and build trust among various stakeholders.

The Panel will submit a report that will provide a high-level independent contribution to the broader public debate on digital cooperation frameworks and support Member States in their consultations on these issues.

The report is expected to: 1) raise awareness about the transformative impact of digital technologies across society and the economy, 2) identify policy, research and information gaps as well as ways to improve interdisciplinary action on digital technologies, and 3) present concrete proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space in an effective and inclusive manner.

It is expected that the consultation process leading to the report will contribute to stimulating discussion among and between various stakeholder groups on how they can work together to maximize the potential of the digital transformation.

The Secretary-General welcomes the increased focus on the implications of digital technologies for our society and our economy through commissions, conferences and other forums. This signifies that the timing is ripe for the digital policy ecosystem to evolve to the next level of maturity.

The work of all these initiatives can and should be mutually reinforcing. Wherever possible, this Panel will work with other initiatives and seek to identify synergies and complementarities.

The High-level Panel is supported by a small Secretariat staff based in New York and Geneva.

Its work is funded through voluntary contributions of governments and foundations committed to promoting digital cooperation. Donors include the Bosch Foundation, China, Denmark, the Ford Foundation, Global Challenges Foundation, Norway, Qatar, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Foundation.

If you would like to make a contribution or learn more, please contact Claire Messina at claire@digitalcooperation.org

The Secretary-General invited 20 independent experts with a range of professional and academic backgrounds in fields related to technology and policy. All members serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their affiliated institutions.

The Panel’s composition represents a broad mix of disciplines and sectors, geographic, gender and age diversity in an effort to reflect the cross-boundary nature of the digital sphere. Given that young people will be disproportionately affected by the future impact of a digital society, the Panel includes several individuals under the age of 35.


Secretariat Staff

The High-level Panel Secretariat is co-located in New York and Geneva.

Amandeep Gill, co-Executive Director

Jovan Kurbalija, co-Executive Director

Claire Messina, Deputy Executive Director

AJung Moon, Senior Adviser

Isabel de Sola, Senior Adviser

Anoush Tatevossian, Senior Communications Officer

Madeline McSherry, Project Officer

Ananita Maitra, Project Officer