The need for agility in digital co-operation is clear. With such a diverse landscape of mechanisms, the report invites digital policy actors to discuss how the recommendations and models can be implemented in the coming months. International Geneva can contribute substantially to the report’s implementation.
The Geneva Internet Platform, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN, and the State of Geneva, together with other partners, invite you for an expert discussion on Monday, 24th June, which will kick-start the global discussion on the recommendations made by the Panel. Our speakers and lead discussants will help unpack the report, focusing on specific areas.
09.30 - 09.50 Welcome and setting the scene
Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila, Interim Head, Geneva Internet Platform
Mr Oliver Hoehne, Minister-Counselor, Deputy Head Multilateral Division, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN
Mr Nicholas Niggli, Deputy Secretary General, State of Geneva
Amb. Carl Hallergard, Depute Head of EU Delegation to the UN
Prof. Edouard Bugnion, Vice-President, Systèmes d'Informations, EPFL
09.50 - 10.30 Key elements of the Report: The Panel’s five main recommendations
Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill, Executive Director, Secretariat, UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director, Secretariat, UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
10.30 - 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 - 12.00 Five recommendations, five break-out sessions:
#1 SDGs, connectivity, access, and affordability.
Dr Susan Teltscher, Head, Human Capacity Building Division, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
Prof. Raymond Saner, Director, Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND); Professor Emeritus, University of Basel
#2 Help desk and capacity development
Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director, Secretariat, UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Ms Anja Gengo, Associate Programme Expert & NRIs Focal Point, Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat
#3 Values, human rights, and emerging technologies
Amb. Álvaro Cedeño Molinari, former Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO
Mr Scott Campbell, Senior Human Rights Officer, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
#4 A safe and stable digital space
Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill, Executive Director, Secretariat, UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
Mr Jean-Yves Art, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
#5 Mechanisms and models for digital cooperation
Amb. Thomas Schneider, Head of International Relations, Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
Prof. William Drake, International Fellow and Lecturer, University of Zurich
12:00 pm - 12.45 pm Bringing it all together: Observations, next steps, and conclusion
Moderators: Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Executive Director, Secretariat, UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila, Interim Head, Geneva Internet Platform
Concluding remarks: Amb. Thomas Schneider, Head of International Relations, Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
12.45 - 13.00 Launch of the GIP Digital Watch observatory 2.0
13.00 - 13.30 Networking lunch
Register to join us for the event in Geneva. Registration closes on Saturday, 22nd June, 12.00 CEST.
Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila is the Director for Digital Policy at DiploFoundation, and the Editor of the GIP Digital Watch observatory. In 2018-2019, she served as Diplo's Interim Director and Head of Geneva Internet Platform, replacing Founding Director Dr Jovan Kurbalija during his one-year position as co-Executive Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
Stephanie holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D.), a Master's in Contemporary Diplomacy, and two law-related diplomas from the University of Malta, and her special areas of interest include legal issues in digital policy, human rights, and e-diplomacy. She holds a warrant to practice as a Notary Public in Malta, and is a former journalist with The Sunday Times of Malta.
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).