UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres constitutes High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

The panel will meet twice; first in New York in September 2018 during the UN General Assembly, and then in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2019.

Jul 13, 2018 13:11 IST
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The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on July 12, 2018 constituted a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

The panel will be co-chaired by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group.  The Panel has a total of 20 members, representing a cross-section of expertise from Government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community.  

The Panel will hold its first in-person meeting in September 2018 and is expected to submit its final report to the Secretary-General within nine months.

Terms of Reference of the panel

• The Panel has been mandated to contribute to the broader public debate on the importance of cooperative and interdisciplinary approaches to ensure a safe and inclusive digital future.

• The Panel will map trends in digital technologies, identify gaps and opportunities, and outline proposals for strengthening international cooperation.

• The Panel will identify policy, research and information gaps, and make proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space.

• The Panel will undertake public consultations, including at least two public events and an open process inviting global inputs through online engagement activities beginning from September 2018.  

• All the Panel members shall serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their respective institutions or countries.

• The panel will be supported by a small Secretariat funded by donor resources, and will be based in New York and Geneva.

• The panel will meet twice; first in New York in September 2018 during the UN General Assembly, and then in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2019.

Members of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation




Melinda Gates (Co-Chair)


United States

Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jack Ma (Co-Chair)


Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Mohammed Al Gergawi

United Arab Emirates

Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, UAE

Yuichiro Anzai


President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Nikolai Astrup


Minister of International Development, Norway

Vinton Cerf

United States

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Fadi Chehade

United States

Partner at ABRY Partners

Isabel Guerrero Pulgar


Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Marina Kaljurand


Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Bogolo Kenewendo


Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, Botswana

Akaliza Keza Ntwari


Advocate And Entrepreneur, ICT

Marina Kolesnik

Russian Federation

WEF Young Global Leader

Doris Leuthard


Head of the Federal Department of the Environment and Communications, Switzerland

Cathy Mulligan

United Kingdom

Visiting Research Fellow, Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency

Edson Prestes


Professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Kira Radinsky


Director of Data Science, eBay

Nanjira Sambuli


Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, WWW Foundation

Sophie Soowon Eom

Republic of Korea

Founder of Adriel AI and Solidware

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah


Secretary General, CIVICUS

Jean Tirole


Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Amandeep Singh Gill (Ex Officio)


Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

Jovan Kurbalija (Ex Officio)


Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation


The constitution of this panel comes approximately after a year of consultations involving a team of more than 120 Member States, industry and civil society.

The group noted that amid the increasing influence of digital technologies in everyday life from cyber-attacks to fears of election-tampering, there is an urgent need to address the potential effects on people’s social, economic and human rights.



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