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Despite the great progress in deepening regional connectivity through information and communication technologies, Asia and the Pacific is still the most digitally divided region in the world, with less than eight per cent of the population connected to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. As a result, millions of people are shut out from transformative digital opportunities in education, health and financial services. Women and girls, in particular, have lower levels of access to broadband Internet and other knowledge-enhancing technologies. The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet for all people across Asia and the Pacific.

 

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is scheduled to be held at the UN Secretariat between 28th March to 30th March 2018. H.E. Dr. Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhary, Minister for Interior and Minister of Planning and Development of Pakistan is expected to deliver the opening speech of APFSD. ESCAP convenes the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) on a yearly basis, as a unique regional platform for dialogue between ESCAP member states and other stakeholders on the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

Economic Research Institute for North East Asia (ERINA)

ERINA or Economic Research Institute for North East Asia is a think tank based in Japan that provides insights into economic trends and activities within the region. They are focussed on conducting research related to the interdependent relationships and trade and coordination between Japan and neighbouring nations and regions on the sectors of infrastructure, energy and environmental cooperation.

"Under control: Technology, Innovation and the Future of Work"

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina J. Mohammad, addressed to the youth participating in United Nations International School-United Nations welcoming ceremony on the 28th of February 2018 at the General Assembly Hall in UN Headquarters in New York. The topic under discussion this year was “Under Control: Technology, Innovation and the Future of Work”. She highlighted the importance of the positive impact of science and technology in workplaces and societies.

#DQEveryChild

#DQEveryChild is an initiative by the DQ Institute in association with the World Economic Forum to assess, educate and protect children in the digital environment. The campaign stands for Digital Intelligence Quotient and it aims to maximize opportunities and minimize risks for 100 countries by 2020. The DQ Institute believes that every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed in the digital world while being protected.

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