Dear colleagues and friends,
In ten years’ time, when the world looks back at the progress made against each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, 2020 will be seen as a defining moment in our degree of success. As we take action to fight and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must use this opportunity to change, innovate and evolve our approach and build more sustainable and resilient economies for the future. We must now utilize all the tools we have at our disposal, including equitable digital technologies, proven inclusive business models, and complementary partnerships with the private sector, to overcome this crisis and set our tracks back on 2030.
Digital disruption and innovation
COVID-19 has forced much of the world online. In doing so, it has exposed the digital divide like never before. In 2019, 87 per cent of people in developed countries used the Internet, compared with just