Frontier technologies carry a promise to fast track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through supporting innovative, forwarding-looking policies and solutions. There are, however, numerous risks and complexities of digital technologies that come along with those opportunities, such as the widening digital divides as well as policy and regulatory challenges.
In recent years, relatively new approaches of policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes have emerged among countries, and have proven to be effective in creating a more conducive and contained space where governments, in partnerships with relevant stakeholders, can experiment and trial with digital technologies and innovations at the edge or outside of the existing policy space and regulatory framework.
It is in this context that the United Nations Development Account DA2124B project has been conceived, with the objective to enhance the institutional capacity of selected countries in special situations to understand and develop policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes to accelerate the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project aims to support recipient countries to have the demonstrated ability to identify and establish means for policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes. Concrete project outcomes may be translated into policy documents or implementation strategies, including through multistakeholder partnership with the private sector and the civil society. The project will be jointly implemented by the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG) of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The key objectives of the meeting are to engage ministerial participation from target countries, as well as senior officials from UN (Under-Secretary-Generals from UN DESA, and UN ESCAP) on the official kick-off of the project on policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes; and to share the identified focus areas and gap assessments among the three target countries
For any question related to the event, please contact the ESCAP secretariat at [email protected].
 Note: Countries in special situations include the: (i) least developed countries (LDCs); (ii) landlocked developing countries (LLDC); and (iii) small island developing States (SIDS)