Pathways Towards Universal Access to Resilient Connectivity in the LDCs and Landlocked Countries - Shared screen with speaker view
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Eliane Ubalijoro
Thank you for making the link between the urgency of accelerating Broadband connectivity and making economies resilient through COVID-19, especially for the most marginalized in the world.
Statement of the Republic of ParaguayMr. Moderator,My delegation extends its most sincere appreciation for conveying this important debate, despite the limitations imposed by the unprecedented crisis. Indeed, it is clear that connectivity allows us to share these words, nonetheless, half of the world’s population do not have this opportunity.At the launch of the Secretary General’s Digital Cooperation Roadmap we commended the efforts in increasing the level of awareness on the linkage between access to connectivity and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets. Awareness is key but more actions are needed. It is time for real collaboration to close the digital divide.
COVID-19 exposed and exacerbated existing vulnerabilities. The world has experienced how complex and interconnected the system is. And though it is worth praising our digital connectivity's capacity to cope with the unprecedented surge in demand, we must remember that being connected remains a privilege for half of the world.It is not a surprise that one of the biggest drivers of inequality is determined by access to technology and, in particular, to the internet. We believe that the world cannot rise stronger, with half of its population disconnected from this new reality.
Mr. Moderator,As we embark on the Decade of Action and Delivery, efforts must be doubled so as not to allow the crisis to reverse the hard-won gains in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Accessible broadband will play a vital role in the recovery process while acting as a catalyst for transformative pathways towards more inclusive and sustainable development.Cognizant of the importance of technological support in the implementation of national development plans and of the role played by policy in orienting innovation and technology, Paraguay has made substantial progress on its institutional and regulatory development frameworks over the past ten years.
Our digital transformation plan marks a historic step to digitalize public services, improve access to an affordable internet connection for everyone, to support Small and Medium-sized enterprises and attract foreign investment. It also aims to increase government transparency and accountability and reduce the digital divide by reaching all people, especially those who need it most. It is based on three pillars: Connectivity, Digital Governance, and Digital Economy.As a landlocked developing country, achieving digital sovereignty is crucial for making progress across all SDGs. Our connectivity, its quality and affordability, as well as data processing, are constrained by the lack of appropriate infrastructure for reasons beyond our sovereign control. In this regard, and as part of our Digital Agenda, we are engaging bilaterally with countries in the region.
Needless to say, despite the advances, significant gaps remain for bridging the scientific and technological divide between developed and developing countries.We call upon development partners, the United Nations system, international financial institutions, and international and regional organizations to support technical and capacity-building efforts to foster digital skills in developing countries, including those in special situations and those facing special challenges and needs.The transfer and access of technologies from North to South, from South to North and through South-South collaborations will also contribute to supporting the development and narrowing the technological divide within and among countries.
Mr. Moderator,We welcome debates of this nature as they constitute a space of dialogue where the least technologically advanced, especially the LDCs and LLDCs, can raise their voices and shape the global discourse as the possibility of being affected by new technologies is an undeniable reality.“Building back better” has been repeatedly used in the current HLPF as well as other fora. We call to build back better and different. Let us build from the lessons of COVID-19 and make use of the ICTs to deliver the tangible needed results in the Decade of Action.I thank you.
Good afternoon organizers. Thank you for the invitation. My delegation had prepared a short statement for this occasion from the perspective of a LLDC. My apologies for sharing the statement in such unconventional fashion. Thank you.
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