This week, world leaders will collect as soon as once more for the United Nations Basic Meeting (UNGA). Nick Clegg, Meta’s President, International Affairs, will lead our delegation of executives to New York to debate our commitments to uphold the ideas of the United Nations International Compact and work with the UN, governments, civil society and different personal sector entities to speed up the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Improvement Objectives (SDGs), whereas discussing collaboration across the International Digital Compact and the Summit of the Future in 2024.
Multi-stakeholder collaboration is essential in reaching our shared targets, which embody defending well being and security, selling peace and safety, and creating financial alternative. That’s why we’re proud to reiterate our steadfast dedication to the Christchurch Name to Motion and proceed our work with the International Web Discussion board to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) as they develop their membership and advance their cross-platform technical options.
Via this dedication we proceed to put money into disaster response and protocols on our platforms, and in collaborations with trade, authorities, and NGO companions to eradicate terrorist and dangerous content material on-line. Simply final week, we introduced two new partnerships targeted on constructing resilience and community-based options within the face of extremism. We look ahead to persevering with this work as we assume the chair of GIFCT’s working board subsequent yr.
These efforts to cooperate throughout borders are extra vital than ever, as we proceed to see simply how fragile the free and open web is. Growing web fragmentation poses a major danger to the advantages of the web as we all know it, and worldwide cooperation performs an vital function in serving to to guard the way forward for the open web.
Via the United Nations, governments can work collectively to assist keep the frequent technical infrastructure that the open web calls for on a world scale, and assist information the web’s enlargement to the three billion individuals who stay at present unconnected. We assist the International Digital Compact and the UN’s newest effort to develop “shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all,” significantly because it prepares for the Summit of the Future in 2024 to deal with key digital points, together with avoiding web fragmentation. Likewise, we’re additionally signatories of the Copenhagen Pledge on Tech and Democracy — a world and multi-stakeholder dedication of digital applied sciences to guard and promote the open web, democracy and human rights.
The drive towards multi-stakeholder collaboration extends towards the long run and the subsequent evolution of the web: the metaverse. Whereas we’re targeted on constructing the subsequent computing platform, we acknowledge we is not going to be doing it alone. Our groups are working throughout sectors to innovate new fashions of governance that assist the trade construct out the metaverse responsibly and to make sure we maximize its potential to be a constructive power for inclusion and fairness internationally.
Though the metaverse will take years to construct, we’re already seeing its potential to advance the International Objectives. The purposes are infinite. Digital and augmented realities alone can assist quite a lot of International Objectives, from remotely coaching medics to advance well being (SDG 3), to serving to native leaders visualize sea degree rise to mitigate the results of local weather change (SDG 13). We acknowledge that, amongst this sea of alternative, we should take cautious steps to make sure the metaverse embodies, not compromises, the SDGs. Many of those purposes are nonetheless nascent and want time, creativity, collaboration and partnerships to get proper. The International Objectives give us the framework we have to make sure that the metaverse brings about constructive social change and sustainable growth.
See our full slate of programming on the sidelines of UNGA.