Digital Economy’s Driving Role in Meeting the 2030 Development Agenda

L-R: Raul Echeberra (Internet Society), Jacqueline Ruff (Verizon), Robert Pepper (Cisco), Ellen Blackler (Disney) and Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud (ICC)
L-R: Raul Echeberra (Internet Society), Jacqueline Ruff (Verizon), Robert Pepper (Cisco), Ellen Blackler (Disney) and Elizabeth Thomas-Raynaud (ICC)

On October 21 in New York, the International Chamber of Commerce, jointly with the South Korean Mission to the United Nations, and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), held a forum for some 100 UN delegates, legal experts and business executives to examine e-commerce in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event, which featured a number of USCIB members, aimed to enhance awareness of the significance of the digital economy and dispute resolution, especially in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Featuring opening remarks by Oh Joon, South Korea’s permanent representative to the UN, and Miguel de Serpa Soares, UN under secretary general and legal counsel, panel sessions focused on how to maximize the potential of the digital economy to advance the SDGs, as well as emerging legal and economic issues affecting e-commerce.

While in New York, representatives of ICC’s BASIS (Business Action to Support the Information Society) initiative spoke at an October 19-22 UN stakeholder consultation in New York on the review of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). They shared the priorities for global business in ensuring that the Internet and ICT innovation can deliver on their potential to drive sustainable economic and social development.

December 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the WSIS, which aimed to bridge the global digital divide by improving access to the Internet and its benefits in the developing world. ICC BASIS and its cross-sector membership of businesses and associations from around the world were active contributors both during the WSIS Summits which took place in Geneva (2003) and Tunis (2005) and in post-WSIS processes and forums.

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Staff Contact:   Barbara Wanner

VP, ICT Policy & Managing Director, Washington Office
Tel: 202.617.3155

Barbara Wanner directs USCIB’s work on information, communications and technology issues. She works with members and government officials on a wide range of international business issue that include advocating for the continuation of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and for policies aimed at promoting the stability, openness and innovative flexibility of the Internet. She represents USCIB members’ interests in several international forums, including the UN, APEC and the OECD.
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