The outcome document (A/RES/73/291) of the second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation held in Buenos Aires in March 2019 (BAPA+40) is a forward-looking blueprint for the international community to consolidate its approach to South-South cooperation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The outcome recommend to the global South to encourage technology transfer in harmony with the Sustainable Development Goals, while paying special attention to the most vulnerable populations and groups. Among other recommendations, the outcome document promotes the use of South-South and triangular cooperation in the area of technology to pursue the following actions:
This global trend towards the digitization of the creation and consumption of goods and services, in development for decades, has significantly accelerated in the context generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent weeks, we have seen an upsurge in the development of new business models for the creation of audiovisual content, online shopping, distance learning, 3D printing, robotics and drones, information and communications technology (ICT), telemedicine and telecommuting.
Aware of the opportunities and risks that this phenomenon presents for the most vulnerable populations in many developing countries due to gaps in access to technology, APC-Colombia and UNOSSC would like to co-organize a side event to explore how South-South and triangular cooperation contribute to generating and disseminating technological solutions in the global South.
Participants will discuss the challenges of access to ICT in developing countries, especially for vulnerable people and groups, and best practices to overcome these challenges. The event will serve as an opportunity for the participants to share experiences in the different uses of ICT that have become important vectors to mitigate the effects of the crisis and provide solutions in the areas of health, economic activities and education.
The event could also be an opportunity, on the basis of the exchange of ideas and experiences, to identify cooperation opportunities in ICT in order to respond effectively to the various health, social and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moderator: Mr. Tarik Iziraren, Deputy Director for Policy and Strategic Partnerships, UNOSSC.
2. Opening remarks
3. Keynote speech: Ms. Angela Ospina, Director-General, APC-Colombia.
5. Closing remarks: Ms. Mabel Gisela Torres, Colombian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.