Building a safer, more secure digital future The 17th Internet Governance Forum in Addis Ababa

Today’s opening ceremony at the Internet Governance Forum saw interventions by a number of high-level speakers, including the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed. Speakers expressed high expectations for the multi-stakeholder forum, emphasizing its preeminent role in bringing governments, businesses, cybersecurity experts, civil society, women’s and youth groups together as a “web of networks” to help shape a digital future that is “secure, equitable, open and does not violate privacy or dignity” .

In his opening remarks at the ceremony, Fenton Cerf, newly appointed Chair of the Forum’s Leadership Committee, stated, “The world looks to the IGF, its Leadership Committee, participants MAG and IGF to shed light into dark corners and highlight pathways to successful Internet use for all global worlds and countries.” in which they live.”

Read the opening press release: Creating a flexible, human-centered digital future /

High-level leaders session on trust and digital security

With the safety and security of the Internet under threat, participants in the High-Level Leaders Session on Digital Trust and Security called for an acceleration of efforts to achieve a safer and more secure digital world.

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Internet security and security extends far beyond cyberattacks. The spread of disinformation and misinformation as well as online violence and hate speech have jeopardized the benefits of the Internet. Reducing carbon emissions in digital activities and consumption to ensure environmental sustainability is also a crucial element.

As of September 2022, there have been approximately 97 major cyberattacks against government or defense agencies, corporations, or economic crimes worldwide resulting in over $1 million in losses. Digital technologies also contribute between 1.4% to 5.9% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

Participants highlighted the need to intensify efforts to promote green standards and manage the sustainable disposal of e-waste. They also stressed the importance of the multi-stakeholder community in implementing the standards to build trust and digital security.

A session on online gender misinformation from a global south perspective

While women’s political participation has increased – for example, women today hold 26.1% of parliamentary seats globally, compared to 13.1% in 2000 – women are still underrepresented at all levels of decision-making around the world. Gender inequality is exacerbated by the online gender-based violence that women face in the public sphere. For the Global South, this translates to a staggering rise in gender misinformation during an election period.

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Panelists stressed the importance of regulatory frameworks to protect women online, as well as the need for online platforms to be more proactive in addressing discrimination online. The annual UN Commission on the Status of Women has also been recognized as a key platform for addressing gender misinformation online.

Opening of the press conference Antonio Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Lei Junhua, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs together with Belet Mola, Minister of Innovation and Technology of Ethiopia briefed reporters today on the priority issues of the day. Internet Governance Forum of the Year. The questions focused on the fragmentation of the Internet as well as the United Nations’ ongoing efforts to promote meaningful communication in Africa.

IGF 2022 Open Forum: Connecting the Digital Dots – How the UN System Supports Digital Transformation and Looks to the Global Digital Compact

Heads and representatives of United Nations specialized agencies, funds and programmes, regional commissions and Secretariat departments and entities gathered at the Open Forum of IGF 2022 to present their ongoing work in advancing digital technologies for sustainable development. Whether it is capacity building, data collection, analytical work, development of digital tools, or standard-setting decisions through the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission, the United Nations system has always worked to support Member States in their digital transformation initiatives. sustainable.

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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals guide the work of the United Nations system. Goal 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure intersects with Goal 1 on poverty, Goal 4 on education, Goal 5 on gender equality, Goal 10 on inequality and Goal 13 on climate. Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Li Junhua urged his UN counterparts to speak with “One UN Voice”, working synergistically and coherently to advance a global digital compact to be agreed upon at the Future Summit in 2024.

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