In light of the importance of addressing the digital divide in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Sustainable Development Goals, the President of the General Assembly has decided to convene a one-day High-level Thematic Debate on Digital Cooperation and Connectivity on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, in the General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters.

The official event page can be accessed here.

Part 1


Part 2


The High-level Thematic Debate was convened under the theme “Whole-of-Society Approaches to End the Digital Divide” and highlighted the importance and urgency of political commitment at the highest levels to address the digital divide in support of COVID-19 adaptation, response and recovery efforts, in alignment with the SDGs.

The Debate will also mobilize the international community to strengthen related existing multi-stakeholder initiatives and partnerships, and support the creation of additional partnerships to accelerate implementation efforts.

For the first time, the debate will include a segment on the environmental dimensions of digital connectivity and greening our digital future. The Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) has been assisting in the design of the session and will feature speakers from the group of co-champions.

Civil society representatives are invited to submit their questions for the three interactive panels at the Debate by April 18th, 2021 at: 

Call for questions from civil society



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