United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres convened the first in-person meeting of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation in New York this week co-chaired by Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The Panel, comprising a diverse group of leaders including government ministers, young entrepreneurs, academics, and activists, discussed how collaborative, global approaches could help tackle some of the challenges posed by rapid technological change.
“We must work together to make the technology revolution more inclusive and ensure the digital era is one for all of humanity. Today our education is still based on the Industrial Age; we need to teach our children to do things chips and robots cannot do. We need to make internet technologies available to anyone in the world—even the smallest of businesses, empowering them to engage in the global marketplace,” said Jack Ma.
Ma also participated in a meeting with fellow UN SDG Advocates (Sustainable Development Goals) where the leaders discussed the progress the world was making toward the 17 goals that terminate in 2030.
Alibaba Group has tracked its own progress toward the goals detailed here.