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Regional UN forum to explore nexus between digitization and sustainable development

Bangkok - 25 Aug 2022

News Number: N/12/2022

Shaping a digital future for Asia and the Pacific

Photo credit: ESCAP/Tatiana Kurbanova

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a digital big bang in the Asia-Pacific region. As more and more devices and systems rely on Internet connectivity, countries and communities without reliable and affordable access to the Internet or without the necessary digital skills will increasingly be left behind in terms of gaining access to the benefits that a digital economy will present in the future. 

High-level government officials and leaders from various sectors will convene in Bangkok next week at the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation to discuss ways to bridge the digital divide as well as harness digital transformation and regionally coordinated actions to accelerate implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The Committee will also explore enabling policy mechanisms to promote the development and application of fourth industrial revolution technologies for sustainable development at both the national and regional levels. 

Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:

What:                 Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Science, Technology and Innovation, Fourth Session.

When:                30 August – 1 September 2022

Where:               United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok and webcasted at

Key speakers:

  • Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
  • Amandeep Singh Gill, UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Technology
  • Chaiwut Thanakmanusorn, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand
  • Ivan John E. Uy, Secretary of the Department of Information and Communications and Technology, Philippines
  • Mohamed Shareef, Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Maldives

For more information and the full programme:

For media attending in-person at UNCC Bangkok, please register in advance at:

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