Information and communication technologies (ICTs) form the backbone of today's digital economy and have enormous potential to fast forward progress on the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to improve people's lives in fundamental ways. Emerging technologies like 5G, Big Data, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, together with high-speed broadband connectivity, create new avenues for addressing global challenges in the fields of education, employment, health, agriculture, inequalities, climate change, governance and many more. Taking into account the reach of initiatives related to ICTs for achieving the SDGs, and the great potential of synergies that might result from joint actions, strengthened regional cooperation of the UN system in the field of digital transformation is of great value. The UN Digital Transformation Group for Europe and Central Asia (UNDTG4ECA) seeks to deliver a one “UN response” to the cross-cutting priority of fostering digital transformation and ICTs development in the Europe and Asia regions, through the adoption of a multi-agency and multi-stakeholder approach and the implementation of initiatives and projects to achieve remarkable advancements in the digital sector.
Co-Chairs: ITU and UNECE
Members: FAO, ILO, IOM, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN Habitat, UNICEF, UNIDO, UN Women, WHO, WIPO, WMO.
- Facilitate cooperation and collaboration between different UN agencies in the field of digital transformation, realizing synergies among related areas of work and contributing to relevant platforms, processes, conferences, etc.;
- promote coordinated UN support to member States in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda through ICTs, while providing support to the UN Country Teams (UNCTs) on digital transformation issues;
- Strengthen information sharing on activities of the UN System in Europe and Central Asia in the field of digital transformation and their impact on advancing the SDGs;
- Provide support to the work of the Issue-based Coalitions of the UN System for Europe and Central Asia, with focus on digital transformation, while keeping track and providing regular updates on the information of new technologies and trends which may be utilized as SDG enablers and accelerators.
For further information, please see the Terms of References and the Work Plan 2021. Additional information is available here.
The UNDTG4ECA recently published a report taking the stock of recent ICT Solutions of the UN System.
ITU Office for Europe: eurregion(@)itu.int