Singapore tells UN General Assembly it will help small states with digitalisation and COVID-19 recovery
SINGAPORE: Singapore will run programmes from 2022 to 2023 to help small states with digital transformation and COVID-19 recovery, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Saturday (Sep 25). The programmes, under an initiative cal
SINGAPORE: Singapore will run programmes from 2022 to 2023 to help small states with digital transformation and COVID-19 recovery, Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Saturday (Sep 25).
The programmes, under an initiative called FOSS for Good, will cover themes such as digital transformation, digital economy and smart nations. Issues such as pandemic preparedness and education transformation could be included.FOSS refers to the Forum of Small States, which Singapore established in 1992 as an informal platform for small states to discuss issues of mutual concern. FOSS currently has 108 members at the UN.
Dr Balakrishan is in the US to deliver Singapore's statement at the UNGA, before heading to Washington DC until Wednesday for a working visit, where he will meet senior officials from US President Joe Biden's administration and members of Congress. headtopics.com
Related:Singaporeans say bridging digital divide 'key issue' in forging post-COVID-19 future: DPM HengThrough FOSS for Good, officials from FOSS members can take part in executive or customised programmes to exchange experiences, best practices, and solutions to tackle common challenges.
Executive programmes, targeted at senior officials, will focus on leadership and governance, policymaking strategies and frameworks, and other interdisciplinary policy areas. Officials can also have interactive discussions with Singapore's political office holders and top public service leaders. Executive programmes will be held once in 2022 and 2023.
Customised programmes, targeted at mid-to-senior level officials, will focus on specific topics that address the unique development needs and challenges of FOSS member states. They will be held two to three times a year.FOSS for Good is in line with Singapore's call for a global framework to overcome challenges or maximise opportunities related to digitalisation.
Such a framework can also close the digital divide among nations, where 3.8 billion people worldwide remain digitally disconnected and thus lack access to education, healthcare and other essential services amid the pandemic, Dr Balakrishnan said."The goal is both simple and singular: How can we enhance multilateral cooperation to leverage digital technologies for sustainable development," he said in his UNGA speech. headtopics.com
"There are many paths that we can take. The Secretary-General's proposal for a global digital compact, or perhaps a new UN convention on digital transformation for sustainable development, or a framework of norms and principles."Dr Balakrishnan later told reporters that the"digital revolution" was one of the issues discussed at the UNGA, with a"fair amount of anxiety" over its impact on jobs, the economy and relations between countries.
"There has been quite a lot of focus on trying to overcome the digital divide, on how to raise and mobilise finance for digital infrastructure," he said."And then equally, the question of skills, retraining, education so that people have this necessary capability to take advantage of opportunities which are emerging from the Internet."
AUSTRALIA, UK AND US ALLIANCEOther issues discussed at the UNGA included COVID-19 vaccines, the climate crisis and how the relationships between superpowers are evolving, Dr Balakrishnan told reporters.In particular, Singapore is"not unduly anxious" about the new strategic alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the US (AUKUS) due to its longstanding relationship with the three countries, he said.
"The fact that we have a longstanding, constructive relationship, with large reservoirs of trust and alignment, is very helpful, because it means we are not unduly anxious about these new developments," he said. Read more: CNA »
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But not a couple of countries that has caused the most damage to the world since this pandemic started What are small states in the eye of Singapore? 東南亞除了文萊，還有那個國家比新加坡更小的？ Confirm the people at the UN will ask what school is he from... Hahaha... 還有那個國家比新加坡更小的？ 老老实实把打疫苗后重症死亡数据摆出来就是对世界最大贡献 Nothing is free in this world
Singapore pretends to be good. The truth: Altruistic help or contractual help? Careful of China.
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