On the occasion of the 2022 Chinese New Year, I extend my warmest greetings to the past and future participants of the Wuzhen World Internet Conference. And my best wishes for the digital transformation in China, and across the world.
Since its inaugural session in 2014, the Wuzhen World Internet Conference has become a world-renowned premier gathering for leaders, policymakers, experts, and practitioners, in the ever-expanding fields of: digital technologies, digital economy, digital government and related sectors.
Participants have shared the latest innovations, experiences, success stories and lessons learned, in advancing digitalization for sustainable development.
In recent years, the Wuzhen World Internet Conference has also started addressing emerging challenges in the application of digital technologies, including: cybersecurity, protection of rights and privacy online, data security and governance, and the media’s role in the use of digital platforms.
Forward-looking initiatives – such as the next-generation Internet, digital civilization, and building an inclusive community with a shared future in cyberspace – are propelling innovative thinking. This is taking place along with timely publication and dissemination of research and survey outcomes.
We also note with appreciation, that the Wuzhen World Internet Conference has increasingly accorded priority to international digital cooperation. It is inviting leaders from developing countries to Wuzhen for mutual learning, capacity building, and for exchange of experiences. They continue to elaborate on how to address the growing digital divides, and harness digital technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Recognizing the multi-layered contributions of the Wuzhen World Internet Conference, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN DESA, is honored to be a co-organizer from the inception of the Conference. We welcome the efforts of the Wuzhen World Internet Conference to shape the Conference agenda, taking into account of the programmes of the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. We look forward to continuing to support the Wuzhen World Internet Conference, and to strengthening international cooperation for a shared digital future.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
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