Exploring EU-UN synergies to deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

In July 2018, the Secretary-General convened a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation to advance proposals to strengthen cooperation in the digital space among Governments, the private sector, civil society, international organizations, academic institutions, the technical community and other relevant stakeholders. Co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma, the 20 members of the Panel represented an unprecedented mix of disciplines and sectors and geographic, gender and age diversity.

The Panel completed its deliberations and submitted its final report, entitled “The age of digital interdependence”, in June 2019. In the report, the Panel included the following five sets of recommendations on how the international community could work together to optimize the use of digital technologies and mitigate the risks:

• Build an inclusive digital economy and society;
• Develop human and institutional capacity;
• Protect human rights and human agency;
• Promote digital trust, security and stability;
• Foster global digital cooperation.

The meeting on 29th Oct 2020 will launch a policy dialogue process between the UN ITU and the European Parliament.
This dialogue process will serve to provide a forum for discussion of relevant and respected policy considerations around the EU’s commitment to alignment with the United Nations SDGs. The modus operandi for doing this will be to convene a session of the UN Roundtable on Capacity Building on 29th Jan 20201.


Eva Kaili, MEP, Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel in the European Parliament (STOA)
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau.
Kurt Zatloukal, Head of EU Bio Bank
Corrado Perna, Chief Policy Officer and Head of Business & Innovation of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF)

Declan Kirrane, Chairman, ScienceDigital@UNGA75 (Moderator)

Exploring EU-UN synergies to deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The event is finished.


Oct 29 2020


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Corrado Perna
    Corrado Perna
    Chief Policy Officer and Head of Business & Innovation of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF),

    Corrado Perna, Chief Policy Officer and Head of Business & Innovation of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), in charge to plan and to coordinate the global engagement strategies to maximize impact and benefits from the national investments in Astrophysics.

    Front run promoter of the Italian involvement in XXI century global large scale research facilities challenges, such as SKA, CTA and EELT projects, he develops engaging policies targeted to national and international policy makers institutions to build global partnerships for the advancement of science and to position the Italian astrophysics research system in a leading positions on the global cutting-edge initiatives.

    Physicist, background skills as researcher, he has a more than 15 years experience in science policy by leading EU funded projects related to the construction of large scale facilities as well as developing and directing national programs to transfer the benefits from astrophysics researches to industry and society.

  • Doreen Bogdan-Martin
    Doreen Bogdan-Martin
    Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau International Telecommunication Union

    Doreen Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau in November 2018 and took office on 1 January 2019.

    She is a strategic leader with 30 years’ high-level experience in international and inter-governmental relations, and a long history of success in policy and strategy development, analysis and execution.

    From 2008-2018, she led the Strategic Planning & Membership Department of ITU, and also served as Coordinator of United Nations affairs.

    She was one of the architects of the annual Global Symposium for Regulators and leads ITU’s contribution to the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. She serves as Executive Director of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and is leading ITU’s collaboration with UNICEF and others on the GIGA project to connect the world’s schools.

    She holds a Master’s degree in International Communications Policy from the American University in Washington, DC and a post-graduate certificate in Strategies for Leadership from the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

    She is an affiliate of the Harvard University Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a Generation Unlimited Champion. She serves on a number of advisory bodies, including the Geneva-Tsinghua Initiative, the SDG Lab Advisory Board, and the UN Technology Innovation Labs. She is also an amateur radio operator.

    Ms Bogdan-Martin is married with four children.

  • Eva KAILI
    Eva KAILI
    Greek S&D Delegation in the European Parliament

    Eva KAILI is a Member of the European Parliament, part of the Hellenic S&D Delegation
    since 2014.

    She is the Chair of the Future of Science and Technology Panel in the European Parliament (STOA), Member of the Industry, Research and Energy committee (ITRE), of the Economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON) and of the Budgets committee (BUDG).
    In her capacity, she has been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market. She has been the draftsperson of multiple pieces of legislation in the fields of blockchain technology, online platforms, big data, fintech, AI and cybersecurity, as well as the ITRE draftsperson on Juncker plan EFSI2 and more recently the Invest EU program.

    She is the founder of the Future Forum, a network of influential politicians, officials and public figures promoting innovation.

    As a high ranking and influential MEP she is often invited to talk for her work in important conferences and academic institutions world widely.

    She has also been the Chair of the Delegation to the NATO PA in the European Parliament, focusing on Defence and Security of Europe.
    Prior to that, she has been elected as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament (2007-2012), with the PanHellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK).
    She also worked as a journalist and newscaster prior to her political career.
    She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering, and Postgraduate degree in European Politics.

  • Kurt Zatloukal
    Kurt Zatloukal
    Head of EU Bio Bank

    Kurt Zatloukal, M.D., is Professor of Pathology and head of the Diagnostics and Research Center for Molecular Biomedicine at the Medical University Graz. His research work focuses on the molecular pathology of metabolic liver diseases and cancer as well as molecular diagnostics. He is working on the development of biobanking-related technologies and machine learning approaches for digital pathology. He coordinated the preparatory phase of the European biobanking and biomolecular research infrastructure (BBMRI) and is now director of its Austrian national node. In this context solutions have been developed for providing access to quality controlled human biological samples and medical data for research and innovation.