UN New Media PeaceeverTV (UNNGO) Report:
The Commission for Social Development concluded its fifty-ninth session on 17 February 2021, forwarding four draft resolutions, all without a vote, to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for consideration, including one that addressed this year’s priority theme for the 46-member subsidiary body — the role of digital technologies on social development and the well-being of all.
In closing remarks, Commission Chair María del Carmen Squeff (Argentina) thanked delegates and civil society representatives alike for actively participating in open, frank and interactive discussions. The resolution on the priority issue — “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all” — acknowledges that digital technologies have profoundly transformed global societies. It also recognizes the digital divide within and among countries, and between generations and genders.
“We need young people to play a leading role in our contemporary society,” she asserted, calling for public action to achieve a transformational recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We need States to be present at a greater degree,” she said. “We cannot allow a new digital citizenship to be the privilege of the few.” Digital technologies must be used as both emergency tools and those that provide opportunities for all the world’s people in efforts to create more inclusive, equitable societies.