The President of the African ICT Foundation, Mr. Tony Ojobo has been invited to contribute to the discuss that will form the agenda at the 21st Infopoverty World Conference (IWC) focusing on “How to build a fairer and more inclusive Digital Society?” which will hold on December 3, 2021 at the UN Headquarters in New York and will also be live streamed on the UN WebTV.
As part of preparations for the Conference, Mr. Ojobo will feature in an Open Conversation expected to be held on June 21, 2021 on Zoom, to define the Report and the Agenda of the 21st Infopoverty World Conference.
The UN letter addressed to Mr. Ojobo read in part: “Considering the accelerating cascade of innovations, stakeholders, and projects, where utopia and dystopia are playing the same game without a clear direction, the Observatory launches a large consultation driven by the SDGs, also blending in the efforts of G20, G7, COP-26 and the UN System to steer this process.
Therefore, we would be very interested in receiving your opinions about this momentum in force of your specific competence, as well as the actions that African ICT Foundation is launching in this context.”
The United Nation Conference is an annual rendezvous to register and validate the best digital practices for the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda at the UN Headquarters.
In a letter inviting Ojobo to the Conference, the UN appreciated the commitment of African ICT Foundation to create job opportunities, accelerate innovation, and boost productivity and progress in the African economy.
The letter indicated that this year’s Conference will discuss the developments compelled by the Covid-19 pandemic towards an acceleration of digitalization while, on the other hand, widening the gap between the élites and disadvantaged people and communities.
According to the letter, the UN Vision has always inspired the Infopoverty World Conference, which was birthed at the UN Headquarters in 2001 with the support of the European Parliament.
For twenty years, the Conference has given rise to numerous projects in the wake of the digital revolution and its impact on the society, gathering eminent experts, UN representatives, Ambassadors and Ministers, Universities, private and public institutions as well as the Civil Society, cannot be overemphasised.
Last December, the Observatory on Digital Communication received a mandate to prepare a Report on new trends and approaches able to shape a fairer and more inclusive new Digital Society.
The Report will also be presented at the UN Headquarters on during the 21st Infopoverty World Conference.