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February, 9th 2021

Social inclusion through digital inclusion in the context of sustainable development: trends and challenges

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Side event (international seminar) at Commission for Social Development, 59thsession, United Nations, February 2021

Aimed at promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all members of society, the 2030 Agenda (target 10.2) emphasized the importance of social inclusion ”irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status”. Overcoming digital disadvantages and exclusion is part and parcel of a broader social inclusion agenda, focused on promoting civic and cultural participation, employment and access to essential social services, including such services as training and lifelong learning. In this sense, strengthening the digital capacity of societies is widely recognized as a vital element of sustainable development.

The purpose of the present side-event organized by the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) in cooperation with other partners is to explore the pre-requisites and core activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and are fully capable of improving the terms of their participation in society through wider opportunities and access to resources, including digital resources. The presenters will address the existing challenges, as well as good practices that contribute to shaping the most appropriate models of digitalization focused on social well-being and welfare promotion.

The ambitious goal of digital inclusion requires strong commitment of all stakeholders, such as government, business sector and civil society, but the multiple benefits of digitalization for society have been widely acknowledged in many countries and appreciated by all groups in society. The growing importance of the digital economy, including digital governance, has been vividly demonstrated on the ground in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It is expected that this side-event will provide an opportunity for ICSW members and its partners to compare past experiences and forward-looking national and international programs that demonstrate the cross-sectoral nature of the existing best practices, as well as highlight the strategies for improving the well-being of all segments of the population through new ICT technologies and digitalization processes.

Some issues for discussion:

What are the pros and cons of digitalization at the local level?

The nexus of digital and social development: overcoming disadvantages

How can the growing opportunities of digitalization be harnessed more effectively?

What are the implications of the ongoing digitalization for regulatory frameworks?

The digital response in the mobilization of financial and administrative resources for development: comparison of best practices.

Adequacy, operational feasibility and political acceptability of digitalization: lessons learned and obstacles encountered

Digitalization and social services delivery: what is the way forward?

Recommendations on priority actions

Dates and places
February, 9th 2021

Lugar:

United Nations/ virtual - 10:00-11:15 New York Time (16:00-17:15 Central European Time - Madrid)


Hours
Hours: 1.5
Program
Social inclusion through digital inclusion in the context of sustainable development: trends and challenges
  • Main conference: Dr. Suh San-Mok, President of Korea National Council on Social Welfare, President ICSW (pre-recorded)
  • Main conference: Hector Cebolla, Madrid (Spain) (online or pre-recorded)
  • Main conference: Prof. Lynne Healy, Main Representative of IASSW to the United Nations (TBC)
  • Main conference: Prof. Antonio López Peláez, Professor of Social Work and Social Services at the UNED (Spain), Executive Director ICSW
  • Main conference: Prof. PK Shajahan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, Vice-President of ICSW
  • Main conference: Prof. Driss Guerraoui, President of the Competition Council of Morocco, President of the MENA Region, ICSW.
  • Main conference: Dr. Sergei Zelenev, Special Representative of ICSW to the United Nations
  • Debate and concluding remarks Dr. Sergei Zelenev, Dr. Antonio López and Dr. María Inés Martínez

Attendance
This activity is carried out exclusively online.
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Lecturers
Héctor Cebolla Boado
Director General · Dirección General de Innovación y Estrategia Social. Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Prof. Driss Guerraoui
President of the Competition Councilof Morocco, President of the MENA Region, ICSW.
Prof. Lynne Healy
Main Representative of IASSW to the United Nations (TBC)
Prof. Antonio López Peláez
Professor of Social Work and Social Services at the UNED (Spain), Executive Director ICSW
Dr. Suh Sang-Mok
President of Korea National Council on Social Welfare, President ICSW (pre-recorded)
Prof. PK Shajahan
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India, Vice-President of ICSW
Dr. Sergei Zelenev
Special Representative of ICSW to the United Nations
Organizing Committee
Antonio López Peláez
Catedrático de TrabajoSocial y Servicios Sociales de la UNED
Dr. Suh Sang-Mok
ICSW President
Dr. Sergei Zelenev
ICSW Special Representative to the United Nations in New York
Moderated by
Antonio López Peláez
Sergei Zelenev
ICSW Special Representative to the United Nations in New York
Comité Científico
Marta Lora-Tamayo Vallvé
UNED
Chaime Marcuello Servós
Universidad de Zaragoza
PK Shajahan
Vice-President ICSW
Asesor técnico
Maria-Ines. Martinez Herrero
Social Work professor at University of Essex
Methodology
The duration of this event will be 75 minutes. During the speakers’ interventions, there will be an open chat to encourage participation. The main questions will be addressed during the round table that will conclude this event. Those registered and participating in the side event will receive the corresponding accreditation diploma from the Fundación UNEDAimed at promoting the social, economic and political inclusion of all members of society, the 2030 Agenda (target 10.2) emphasized the importance of social inclusion irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status”. Overcoming digital disadvantages and exclusion is part and parcel of a broader social inclusion agendafocused on promoting civic and cultural participation, employment and access to essential social services, including services such as training and lifelong learning. In this sense, strengthening the digital capacity of societies is widely recognized as a vital element of sustainable development. The purpose of thisside event,organized by the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW) in cooperation with the UNED,is to explore the pre-requisites and core activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use information and communication technologies (ICT) and are fully capable of improving the terms of their participation in society through wider opportunities and access to resources, including digital resources. The speakerswill address the existing challenges, as well as good practices that contribute to shaping the most appropriate models of digitalization focused on social well-being and welfare promotion.The ambitious goal of digital inclusion requires the strong commitment of all stakeholders, among themgovernment, the business sector and civil society, but the multiple benefits of digitalization for society have been widely acknowledged in many countries and appreciated by all groups in society. The growing importance of the digital economy, including digital governance, has been vividly demonstrated on the ground in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It is expected that this side event will provide an opportunity for ICSW members and its partners to compare past experiences and forward-looking national and international programs that demonstrate the cross-sectoral nature of the existing best practices, as well as highlight strategies for improving the well-being of all segments of the population through new ICT technologies and digitalization processes.
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Seguimiento de las intervenciones en el chat
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ICSW

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Korea National Council on Social Welfare
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