The United Nations in recent years has assumed the role of an active agenda-setter in discussing the role of science and technology in reaching for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN has laid out a goal of using advanced digital technologies to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and limit negative impacts of new technologies and thus has made efforts to lead various international dialogues. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the ever-growing global influence of digital technology including Information and Communications technology (ICT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), with the rapid spread of such technologies generating both opportunities and challenges. Against this backdrop, discussions on digital cooperation at the UN level could offer some guidelines the international community can draw on to advance efforts at bolstering cooperation in the digital space.
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