A basic digital basket and information superhighways are some of the proposals ECLAC and ESCAP bring to the 59th session of the Commission on Social Development that took place from 8 to 17 February at UN Headquarters in New York.

In an interactive dialogue, senior officials of the UN System exchanged views on the Commission Session priority theme “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all.”

Ms. Bárcena presented ECLAC proposals of a basic digital basket to universalize access to digital technologies and other measures to improve digital inclusion in the region, such as supporting schools’ technology needs and providing a basic emergency income.

Ms. Alisjahbana stressed the need to maximize opportunities through robust public-private partnerships and promote ecologically-sound inclusion of marginalized groups in the digital world. Highlighting the importance of strengthened regional digital connectivity, she presented ESCAP work to develop the Asia Pacific Information Superhighway.