Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations continues to work, of course. However, the majority of international conferences take place online. This is also the case with the annual meeting of the Commission for Social Development in February, which was established in 1946 by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. This year’s deliberations focus on the use of digital technology for a more just development worldwide.
International organizations can participate in the consultations by submitting official statements. As part of its participation in the “Vienna NGO Committee on the Family”, KOLPING INTERNATIONAL, in cooperation with other organisations, submitted a statement, which has now been adopted by the UN. “Inequality in the knowledge and use of digital technologies can further deepen international inequality,” said Dr Markus Demele, the General Secretary of KOLPING INTERNATIONAL. “We point out in our statement that digitalisation offers immense educational opportunities. States therefore need to create digital infrastructures that open up opportunities for everyone to participate.”