March 19, 2019

Doris Leuthard appointed member of UN panel

Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard appointed member of UN panel on digital cooperation

12 July 2018, Swiss Confederation – Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, announced the launch of a high-level panel on digital cooperation issues. Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard accepted Secretary-General Guterres’ invitation to participate as a member of this Panel. It consists of 22 international leaders from government, the private sector, academia and civil society. The Panel will draw up proposals for improving global governance in relation to digitisation.

The committee shall be chaired by Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group. The panel will begin its work in August and by spring 2019 will produce a report with specific recommendations concerning the improvement of global digital co-operation. It will be supported by a secretariat based in New York and Geneva led by Amandeep Gill, India’s ambassador to the UN Conference on Disarmament, and Jovan Kurbalija, Director of the DiploFoundation and head of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP).

Doris Leuthard served as Helvetian president until the end of 2017.

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Picture by Bundeskanzlei – Swiss Federal Chancery


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