The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on July 12, 2018 constituted a High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. The panel will be co-chaired by Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group.
The Panel has a total of 20 members, representing a cross-section of expertise from Government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community. The Panel will hold its first in-person meeting in September 2018 and is expected to submit its final report to the Secretary-General within nine months.
The Panel has been mandated to contribute to the broader public debate on the importance of cooperative and interdisciplinary approaches to ensure a safe and inclusive digital future. The Panel will undertake public consultations, including at least two public events and an open process inviting global inputs through online engagement activities beginning from September 2018.
The Panel will identify policy, research and information gaps, and make proposals to strengthen international cooperation in the digital space. All the Panel members shall serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their respective institutions or countries.