Tuesday, January 11, 2022

UN searches for Tech Envoy - ITREALMS

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The United Nations (UN) has commenced search for the Envoy on Technology, reports 
ITREALMS.
UN, ITREALMS gathered under the office of the Secretary-General’s Global Leadership Team is seeking the ‘Envoy on Technology.’
ITREALMS gathered that UN welcomes applications for the position of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology to be based in New York, United States of America (USA).

“The Secretariat welcomes applications to supplement the Secretary-General’s search and consultations and would especially welcome the application of women candidates,” UN source informed 
ITREALMS.

The Envoy on Technology, 
ITREALMS recalls is a member of the Secretary-General’s Global Leadership Team, and as such, serves as a role model for the organization’s core values based on integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity in line with the desired behaviours of the United Nations System Leadership Framework.

ITREALMS equally gathered that the issue of digital technologies is increasingly at the forefront of the international agenda.

ITREALMS recollects that building on the work of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and consultations of multi-stakeholder roundtable groups, the Secretary-General issued a Roadmap for Digital Cooperation (A/74/821) which addresses how the international community can better harness the opportunities presented by digital technologies while addressing their challenges.

In the General Assembly’s declaration on the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations (A/75/1), Member States recognized the importance of technology as a fundamental global issue and pledged to “improve digital cooperation” to be able to maximize the benefits that digital technologies can bring while curtailing risks.

Also, member states agreed that “the United Nations can provide a platform for all stakeholders to participate in such deliberations.”

In his report entitled “Our Common Agenda” (A/75/982), the Secretary-General suggested ways on how to take this forward.

In order to promote and enhance the United Nation’s work and in line with the areas of responsibility outlined in the Secretary-General’s Roadmap on Digital Cooperation, the Envoy will among others lead the implementation of the Roadmap, coordinating the range of activities envisaged therein and working closely with the various UN entities such as the Development Coordination Office and multi-stakeholder groups, so as to ensure that there is overall coherence, with full respect for the mandates of different UN entities.

The envoy would also serve as senior level advocate and focal point for digital cooperation so that Member States, the technology industry, civil society and other stakeholders will have a first point of call for the broader United Nations system.

Facilitate dialogue on the recommendations of the Roadmap to accelerate global digital cooperation, seizing on the opportunities that are presented by technology – while mitigating the risks – so that progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 can be made collectively;

Envoy is to carry out any other digital cooperation duties and responsibilities, as assigned by the Secretary General.

In addition, the envoy would raise funds for and manage a Trust Fund established to support the work of the office and to support the implementation of the roadmap, whereas managing the work of their office in accordance with the relevant regulations and rules of the organization.

The search proclaimed on December 16, 2021 would close on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

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