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Announcing a capacity building initiative for African and developing country (G77) missions in Geneva: Digital transformation for sustainable development (DTSD)
Last month, the African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations in Geneva formally endorsed a capacity building initiative, which will support African and developing country (G77) missions in Geneva—with specialized training and workshops on digital transformation and digital policies for sustainable development. The initiative meets a need—recently identified by Ambassador Muhammadou Kah of The Gambia—while he served as chair of the Africa Group of Ambassadors in June 2021.
Following months of consultations (since June 2021), between numerous facilitators in the Group and potential partners in the capacity building programme, Ambassador Julia Imene-Chanduru of Namibia, who serves as the current chair of the Africa Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations in Geneva, secured the Group’s approval for a pro-bono proposal to deliver the capacity building initiative.
Today, Microsoft Corporation, CyberPeace Institute and DiploFoundation are pleased to announce their pro-bono partnership to deliver the capacity building initiative as a series of workshops and trainings on digital transformation and digital policies for sustainable development. The workshops and training will cover themes identified as relevant to the Africa Group and developing countries, such as digital trade and e-commerce, cybersecurity, internet connectivity, artificial intelligence, data and internet governance, and related digital transformation themes.
The Ambassadors, Group facilitators and partners are truly pleased to work together from September 2022 – December 2022 to deliver the initial phase of the capacity building initiative. We are excited to work collectively to strengthen the foundations for digital transformation in African and developing countries and advance their digital capacity.
The series will serve representatives in Geneva, who will also share the takeaways and briefings with policy makers in the capitals of their home countries. We are launching this initiative in alignment with the intentions outlined in 2030 Agenda, which specifically cited “technology, innovation and capacity-building, and data”, as some of the core means of implementation necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Microsoft Corporation: Daniel Akinmade Emejulu, Program Manager, UN Affairs ([email protected])
DiploFoundation: Marilia Maciel, Head of Digital Commerce and Internet Policy [email protected])
Diplo Foundation: Marco Lotti, External Relations and Partnerships Manager, Diplo Foundation and the Geneva Internet Platform ([email protected])
CyberPeace Institute: Pavlina Pavlova, Research and Project Management Associate ([email protected])