Closing the digital divide is ‘urgent’, UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation warns

Findings of the final report of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation has shown that a multistakeholder approach and adequate funding is required to help ensure affordable access to digital networks for every adult by 2030. According to a news report that provided highlights given by the panel which briefed the UN General Assembly, as the world becomes increasingly digitised, there is a risk of the number of marginalised people offline increasing.

Nichola Astrup, minister of digitalisation of Norway said ‘Digital tools are fundamentally changing the way we relate to each other and organize our societies. We must ensure that developing countries, too, can benefit from the digital solutions. Otherwise, we will never reach the SDGs by 2030.