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Dialogue on Building Back Better Aug 19

Diplomatic Correspondent

15 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is going to arrange a regional conversation series on Building Back Better on August 19 in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of UN.

There will be six regional conversations in the series with an aim on how the Asia-Pacific region can accelerate digital connectivity and leverage innovation as part of its post-pandemic recovery efforts.

Eminent development thinkers, innovative leaders and senior government officials will offer their visions of a future with ground-breaking innovations bringing sustainable development closer to everyone.

The Asia-Pacific region is a key driver of the technological revolution.

Yet, it is also one of the most digitally divided, with less than 14 per cent of the population connected to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the digital divide has threatened to become the new face of inequality – exacerbating not only income inequality, but also inequality of opportunity.