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dc.coverage.spatialASIA AND THE PACIFIC
dc.creatorUN.ESCAP
dc.creatorUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
dc.creatorUnited Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
dc.creatorAsia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT)
dc.creatorInternational Telecommunication Union (ITU)
dc.creatorUnited Nations Volunteers (UNV)
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-28T00:06:47Z
dc.date.available2021-03-28T00:06:47Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12870/835
dc.descriptionAsia-Pacific interagency working group on information communications technology.
dc.description.abstractIn the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, frontier technologies are transforming not only our daily lives but also the planet`s development tragectory. The revolution is driven by innovations in artificial intelligence, automation, blockchain and other cutting edge technologies. This calls for greater urgency in bridging the staggering digital divide in the Asia Pacific region that is exacerbated when countries at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution quickly leave behind those that are slow at technology uptake. The Sustainable Development Goals mandate that we must do our best to reduce increasing inequalities and ensure that “no one is left behind” in these times of opportunity and challenge. <p></p> Furthermore, enhancing broadband connectivity at the national, regional and global levels contributes to the social, economic and environmental aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, target 9.1 (Develop quality reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all) and 9.c (Significantly increase access to ICT and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020). Importantly, under Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, one target requires member States to expand educational opportunities in ICT. In gender equality, Sustainable Development Goal 5 includes one target of “Enhancing the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women”. Another target under Sustainable Development Goal 17 further specifies the role of ICT as a means of implementation. In response, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) convenes the Asia- Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) on a yearly basis, as a unique regional platform for dialogue between ESCAP member states and other stakeholders on the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. <p></p> Earlier this year, the meeting of the Regional Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was organized in Bangkok to explore ways to collaborate and create synergies among UN agencies implementing ICT for development initiatives in Asia and the Pacific. The participating agencies decided to join forces and advocate for the transformative capabilities of ICT at an inter-agency side event and joint exhibition during the Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) on 30 March 2018. Those collaborative efforts demonstrated how the expertise of respective agencies contribute to the achievement of SDGs through the systematic and strategic use of ICT and digital technologies.
dc.format.extent33 p.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherUnited Nations
dc.rightsThis publication may be reproduced in whole or in part for educational or non-profit purposes without special permission from the copyright holder, provided that the source is acknowledged. The ESCAP Publications Office would appreciate receiving a copy of any publication that uses this publication as a source.
dc.rightsUse may not be made of this publication for resale or any other commercial purpose whatsoever without prior permission. Applications for such permission, with a statement of the purpose and extent of reproduction, should be addressed to the Secretary of the Publications Board, United Nations, New York.
dc.titleICT for transformation and resilience : report of the side event of the Asia-Pacific Forum for sustainable development
dc.typeText
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.rights.holderUnited Nations
dc.subject.unbistSUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
dc.subject.unbistINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
dc.subject.unbistTELECOMMUNICATIONS
escap.publisherPlaceBangkok
escap.doctypePolicy Brief
escap.programmeOfWorkICT and Disaster Risk Reduction
escap.areasOfWorkThe Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway Platform
escap.areasOfWorkE-resilience
escap.libBibNumber44620
escap.bibLevelMonograph
escap.libCallnumberA X(5-012):681.14:338.98 Uni ic 2018
escap.link.internalLinkhttps://www.unescap.org/resources/report-side-event-asia-pacific-forum-sustainable-development-ict-transformation-and
escap.contactPhone+66 2 288-1234
escap.contactEmail[email protected]
escap.contactUnitICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division
dc.date.escap2018-07-31


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