The General Assembly has accepted one draft resolution today. It deals with the topic “Fostering Digital Innovation in developing threshold countries”.
The sponsors are the Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Senegal, Republic of South Africa. They are supported by thirteen addition signatories: Plurinational State of Bolivia, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of Chile, Republic of China, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, French Republic, Federal Republic of Germany, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic Côte d’Ivoire, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Uruguay, United Republic of Uzbekistan.
Many emerging and threshold countries have barely any internet access. This is why they do not only suffer from economic but also social disadvantages. The lack of information is related to the lack of education in these countries. Therefore providing emerging and threshold households with internet access is a top priority of this resolution.
The draft resolution focuses on the following aspects:
- Encourage the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to help solving the problems listed above by bringing digital innovation into the emerging and threshold countries
- Expanded internet access: The GA suggests to set up open WIFI Systems (Hot-Spots) in bigger cities to enable citywide internet access, in rural areas local WIFI stations should be established
- Emerging and threshold countries should promote the use of digital education applications that everyone can use on their computers or smartphones. The content should be designed to work both online and offline to make it possible for people without internet access at home to foster education
- Urge the United Nations member states to take action by providing funds to support lower developed countries; for example promoting programmes like IDEA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and IDEA Foundation which can be used offline
- Remind the UNDP to focus on the aspect of digitalization and how to bring it into the emerging and threshold countries.
Day 3 at the Gerneal Assembly has ended without passing a resolution. This is why it is getting even more exiting, when the GA meets for the last session during Main MUN 2018. Two additional draft resolutions are very likely to be accepted on Sunday.