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On 07 September, JLI partner I-DAIR will host a side event during the 76th UN General Assembly.  I-DAIR will present its vision and work and then convene a transdisciplinary panel to discuss innovative ways to build digital research infrastructure, promote research collaboration in Digital Health and AI and develop capacities in that field in particular in LICS and LMICS. President of the 76 th UNGA, H.E. Abdulla Shahid, will address the event and the UNSG Tech Envoy, Amandeep Singh Gill, will also share his vision of accelerating the SDGs by empowering researchers and innovators to use data and AI. The event is co-sponsored by Singapore and Switzerland.  JLI’s Director of Health Diplomacy, Dr Christoph Benn will chair the event as I-DAIR’s inaugural Board Chair.  

“Accelerating progress on the SDGs by empowering researchers and innovators to use data and AI”
Digital technologies have created enormous wealth and transformed our lives with new tools and services. Yet, at the same time, their inequitable distribution and uneven implementation have created a growing divide between those who meaningfully benefit from digital progress and those who do not. A particularly serious divide is in the area of knowledge-making – who creates digital content, services and insights from data. Low and Lower-Middle-Income Countries and small States of all income levels risk getting left behind from knowledge and value creation through data and artificial intelligence (AI).

The draft program of the event is as follows:

1.15pm Welcoming Remarks H.E. Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th General Assembly

1.20pm Opening Remarks H.E. Pascale Baeriswyl, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN Mr Mark Seah, Deputy Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN

1.25pm Presentation of I-DAIR Dr. Christoph Benn, I-DAIR Board Chair

1.35pm Panel Discussion Dr. Päivi Sillanaukee, Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing, Finland Dr. Nnenna Nwakanme, Chief Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation Derrick Muneene, Unit Head, Digital Health and Innovation Dept, WHO Dr. Mehdi Snène, interim CEO, I-DAIR Moderator: Steve Davis, Senior Strategy Advisory, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

2.15pm: UNSG Tech Envoy’s Vision Dr. Amandeep Singh Gill, UNSG Tech Envoy

2.25pm: Closing Remarks Dr. Christoph Benn, I-DAIR Board Chair

The event will take place at:

ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters
7 September 2022, 1.15pm -2.30pm

To join the session, please register using the following link and contact for any other questions.

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