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UN Global Digital Compact & WSIS+10 Action Lines

 The UN Global Digital Compact (GDC) aims to foster an open, free, and secure digital environment, reflecting shared principles of trust, inclusivity, and sustainability. It was initiated in recognition of the transformative potential of digital technologies worldwide, emphasizing the need for international cooperation to maximize benefits and mitigate risks. 

As part of the consultative process to establish the GDC, the UN is actively seeking inputs from individuals, organizations, and entities worldwide to shape a comprehensive and inclusive agreement. ECA is contributing towards this process by convening experts and stakeholders from over 32 member states to ensure Africa's takes a proactive role in shaping its digital future.

A regional review meeting took place in Cape Town on 4 - 5 July 2023 to incorporate Africa's perspective into the United Nations Global Digital Compact (GDC) and promote a more inclusive and equitable digital future.

The meeting reflected on key themes: Africa's infrastructure development, digital public goods, digital trust, data protection, human rights, and regulation of emerging technologies such as AI. 

Experts, policymakers, and stakeholders from 32 member states representing government, private sector, civil society, and academia attended the meeting to provide technical inputs.