Added On June 12, 2019

Jack Ma, co-founder of China's Alibaba Group, has joined United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation in a live conversation to discuss global digital cooperation for a safer and more sustainable future in the digital industry.

Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Alibaba group and co-chair on the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, said that in the digital age, the bigger you are, the bigger responsibility you should have.
Ma said that he has played the role of "chief education officer," as he has been engaged in educating customers and government officers, and trying to convince them to keep abreast with technological developments.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): JACK MA, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group (00:56:07-01:20:06)
"And the government, the private sectors, academia, technology companies, if we all believe in the future, if we work together closely, if we make smart policies, if we would think empowers others, I think it's good for everybody."
Guterres, on his part, noted the importance of a people-centered approach, saying it is not only a government responsibility, but also a societal responsibility.
The UN chief said that he is optimistic about this possibility of an inclusive multilateralism and the potential of dialogue and cooperation between the different key actors.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General  (01:59:22-02:28:17)
"I think conditions are being created for effective, smart regulation with the cooperation of everybody to avoid the risks that really exist, but also never to forget, to maximize the use of the potential with the condition. And we have discussed all these examples with the condition that everybody can benefit."
At a time when around half the world's population still has no access to the Internet, the panel calls for efforts to ensure every adult has affordable access to digital networks, as well as digitally-enabled financial and health services, by 2030.
The panel also said that women and marginalized groups must be supported, with specific policies adopted to ensure their full "digital inclusion," while internationally recognized ways to measure inclusiveness must be established.