In June, the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation made a series of recommendations to the private sector, civil society, national governments, and international organisations on how to improve digital co-operation. The recommendations made in the Panel’s final report, The Age of Digital Interdependence, will be delibarated by key experts in an upcoming event on 2 September, from - at Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva.
Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, will discuss some key aspects of the report, as well as the role that Geneva and its surrounding region can play in building an inclusive and trustworthy digital world.
He will be joined by Doris Leuthard, former president of the Swiss Confederation and former member of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and Amandeep Singh Gill, former co-executive director of the Panel’s Secretariat, who will share some insights on the issues raised.
Finally, Jovan Kurbalija, head of the Geneva Internet Platform and DiploFoundation and former co-executive director of the Panel’s Secretariat, will make concluding remarks.
This panel discussion will be moderated by Swiss economic journalist Myret Zaki.
The event is being organised by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in partnership with the Club Diplomatique de Genève, and with the support of the Geneva Internet Platform.
Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Executive Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (2004‒2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet Governance Forum (2006‒2010), and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmundial (2013‒2014). In 2018-2019, he served as co-Executive Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations (UN) High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
A former diplomat, Jovan has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, and later, DiploFoundation.
Since 1997, Jovan’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book, An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses worldwide. He lectures on e-diplomacy and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St Gallen), Malta (University of Malta), and the United States (University of Southern California).