CEO and co-founder of RED | For Africa Adebola Williams is set to moderate The United Nations’ Digital Cooperation Summit on Wednesday, 23 September 2020, at 4:30pm WAT.
The event, themed Action For Future Generations, will be a series of dynamic conversations between high-level speakers that will focus on finding concrete actions to ensure digital safety for young people across the world.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the world into a new era of immersion into the internet,” said Adebola Williams. “The need for social distancing means simple daily tasks like schooling, work, and general lifestyle needs are dependent on minimizing physical contact, something we are thankfully able to do utilizing the internet.
“Children and young adults are most affected by this dependence on the internet, and we should ensure they’re safe while doing so. However, we also have to figure out ways to expand access to ensure more of the people who need the internet have access to it. It is not enough to secure the internet for the few that can access it. We must also devise solutions that are inclusive of young people across the world, from Kraków to Yobe,”he concluded.
In line with the recently launched United Nations Secretary-General landmark Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, the event will focus on managing the new reality of COVID-19 which has caused rapid technological changes that will significantly affect the youth demographic.
The carefully moderated panels will explore ways to establish global shared responsibility measures and determine a way forward for a youth-centred digital future. Prioritizing safety, affordability of digital literacy and improved access to opportunities and employment for youth.
Happening virtually and publicly broadcasted, the United Nations Digital Cooperation Summit will have in attendance, among others, the UN Under-Secretary-General & Special Adviser, Fabrizio Hochschild.