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HLPF 2023 Side-Event: Harnessing the Power of Digital Innovation for a Sustainable World Post-COVID-19 – WSIS Action Lines for Advancing the Achievement of SDGs



HLPF 2023 Side-Event:

Harnessing the Power of Digital Innovation for a Sustainable World Post-COVID-19 – WSIS Action Lines for Advancing the Achievement of SDGs

Peru/United Nations Group on Information Society (UNGIS)/WSIS

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Side-Event of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2023:

13:15-14:30 EDT (New York Time)

Conference Room C, UN Headquarters, New York

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to the global community’s efforts to achieve a more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable world as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, it has also led to the widespread adoption and diffusion of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) critical to continuing the functioning of businesses and institutions, responding to challenges, and developing solutions. The pandemic has highlighted the multidimensional impact of the digital and knowledge divides, reflecting and widening inequalities, and demonstrated the critical importance of laying inclusive and resilient digital foundations of economies and societies.

This session, organized by the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS), WSIS, and Peru, will address the two major challenges of advancing the world’s digital transformation: enabling universal meaningful connectivity and developing the competencies to address related risks and to harness its opportunities across UNGIS’ fields of competence.

The session will feature panel discussions and presentations from experts in the fields of digital innovation and sustainable development, including the question of how to harness and prevent harm of generative AI (such as ChatGPT). The session aims to share knowledge and experiences, highlighting the need for cross-sectoral collaboration and partnerships to leverage the full potential of digital innovation for a sustainable post-COVID-19 world. The session will explore ways to ensure that digital transformation is inclusive and benefits everyone, leaving no one behind and empower users to address related risks. Its outcome will also be of direct relevance to the ongoing process related to the proposed Global Digital Compact.

This side-event will be organized during the HLPF 2023 that will take place in Conference Room C, UN Headquarters, New York. Remote participation will not be available for this session.


Globethics will be making a presentation at this event on behalf of CoNGO.

International Youth Conference 2021

COVID-19 has paused the life of every human being on earth and affected global development at large. Whereas the world is under lockdown the progress of development is halted. On account of this, the International Youth Conference 2021 (IYC 2021) will take place under the theme ‘Regeneration: Moving forward with Development’. The conference will shed light on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and youth relevant themes. Youth and field experts will come together to discuss youth issues and drive youth action towards the achievement of SDGs while the world is at pause.

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The objectives of the conference are:

  • To provide an international platform to youth to develop and engage in participatory development of the world
  • To support the UN achieve its Sustainable Development Goals through youth engagement
  • To empower gender and youth equality and inclusion in decision making, policy making, and development at all levels (communal, local, institutional, national, and international)
  • To brainstorm implementation of the Youth Climate Compact
  • To chalk out innovative ideas for development
  • To foster youth advancement through digital innovation and tools
  • To steer thinking and aspiration towards social developmental solutions provision

IYC 2021 will also formulate a policy and action recommendation/document/manual for youth on how to act under ‘world at pause’ conditions, how to find relevant opportunities, combat depression and come out of it a victor.

The conference is truly global with organizers and speakers from all continents and is open to anyone identifying as youth as per the UN definition.


CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Intergenerational Solidarity, please email the vice chair at For more information on the NGO Committee on Children’s Rights, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy, please visit For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit