‘Interconnected world requires collective action’

Microsoft Vice President for United Nations Affairs John Frank said Thursday that an interconnected world requires collective action, Xinhua reports.

Frank said in a statement that many of the big challenges facing society can only be addressed effectively through multi-stakeholder action, "whether it's public health, environmental sustainability, cybersecurity, terrorist content online or the UN's Sustainable Development Goals."

He noted that one of the most significant transformations since the UN was established 75 years ago has been the advent of the internet. "In this interconnected world, the internet can both hasten progress and exploit vulnerabilities. 

We are committed to continuing to support Secretary-General Guterres' call to harness technology to respond to and recover from the devastating health, economic and social consequences of COVID-19," Frank said. 

He also announced a series of events during the high-level week of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, saying that "several of us at Microsoft will be participating in UN-sponsored events as well as joining others' virtual programming."