At its first meeting in New York on 24-25 September 2018, the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation discussed opportunities offered by digital technologies for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and for empowering individuals and communities. Equally, it examined the risks associated with these technologies and current obstacles to digital trust and cooperation. A meeting summary is available here.

The overall objective of the Panel is to make practical proposals on how to strengthen cooperation in the digital realm among governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academic communities and all other relevant stakeholders, and thereby contribute to a broader global dialogue on how interdisciplinary and cooperative approaches can help ensure a safe and inclusive digital future.

To meet this objective, at the conclusion of their first meeting, Panel members agreed to focus on three tracks:

  • VALUES & PRINCIPLES: what values and principles should underpin cooperation in the digital realm;
  • METHODS & MECHANISMS: how can stakeholders cooperate more effectively in the digital realm, including how can marginalized stakeholders be included; and
  • ILLUSTRATIVE ACTION AREAS: how can cooperation among stakeholders be improved in areas such as inclusive development; inclusive participation in the digital economy; data; protection of human rights online, particularly of children, women and marginalized communities; human voice and participation in shaping technological choices and architecture; digital trust and security; and building the capacity of individuals, institutions and governments for the digital transformation.

In the coming months, Panel members will pursue their deliberations in small groups that will meet virtually on a regular basis.

To inform these deliberations, the Secretariat has launched a wide-ranging consultation process to gather the views of governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, the technical and academic communities and other relevant stakeholders.

There are many ways to engage – ranging from submitting written contributions, to completing a short survey, participating in a live or virtual event, or hosting a discussion in your community. Visit for details.

In particular, the call for written contributions is now open with a deadline of 31 January 2019.

Early contributions are encouraged. Submissions received by 30 November will be included in the first synthesis report to Panel members.

We look forward to hearing your views on how to improve cooperation in the digital realm.