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July 12, 2018

United Nations Secretary-General's launches High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (left), speaks with his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, on his way to brief the press. 12 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2018 — United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, today announced the launch of a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

“The scale, spread, and speed of change made possible by digital technologies is unprecedented, but the current means and levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenge,” Mr. Guterres said.

“Digital technologies make a significant contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, and they cut uniquely across international boundaries. Therefore, cooperation across domains and borders is critical to realizing the full social and economic potential of digital technologies as well as mitigating the risks that they pose and curtailing any unintended consequences.”

Ms. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mr. Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, have been appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Co-Chairs of the Panel.

The Panel has a total of 20 members, representing a cross-section of expertise from government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community. A full list appears below.

Members of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation:


  1. Melinda Gates (USA), Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  2. Jack Ma (China), Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group


  1. Mohammed Al Gergawi (UAE), Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, UAE
  2. Yuichiro Anzai (Japan), President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  3. Nikolai Astrup (Norway), Minister of International Development, Norway
  4. Vinton Cerf (USA), Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  5. Fadi Chehadé (USA), Partner at ABRY Partners
  6. Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots, and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
  7. Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
  8. Bogolo Kenewendo (Botswana), Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry, Botswana
  9. Akaliza Keza Ntwari (Rwanda), ICT advocate and entrepreneur
  10. Marina Kolesnik (Russian Federation), senior executive, entrepreneur and WEF Young Global Leader
  11. Doris Leuthard (Switzerland), Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications, Switzerland
  12. Cathy Mulligan (United Kingdom), Visiting Research Fellow Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency
  13. Edson Prestes (Brazil), Professor, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  14. Kira Radinsky (Israel), Director of Data Science, eBay
  15. Nanjira Sambuli (Kenya), Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
  16. Sophie Soowon Eom (Republic of Korea), Founder of Adriel AI and Solidware
  17. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Australia), Secretary General, CIVICUS
  18. Jean Tirole (France), Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Ex officio

  1. Amandeep Singh Gill (India), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
  2. Jovan Kurbalija (Serbia), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

All panel members serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their respective institutions.

“Soon, every industry will be digitized, and this will have a tremendous impact on every aspect of life. In this digital era, data and technology are more broadly available, enabling entrepreneurialism, economic growth, and improved quality of life for those who have the access and training to leverage it. Global, cross-sector collaboration is critical to ensure the benefits of the digital era are possible for all,” said Jack Ma.

In carrying out its work, the Panel will undertake a wide range of public consultations, including at least two public events and an open process inviting global inputs including through online engagement activities starting in September. The panel would function in a small Secretariat, based in New York and Geneva.

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