Brief Description: 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, as well as policy and regulatory challenges. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has not only brought about unprecedented challenges to sustainable development, but have also accelerated digital government and digital transformation in many areas. At the same time, the pandemic has exposed harsh fragilities and digital divides especially for countries in special situations.
Objective/Purpose of Project: The overall purpose of the project is to enhance the institutional capacity of selected countries in special situations, namely the: (i) least developed countries (LDCs); (ii) landlocked developing countries (LLDC); and (iii) small island developing States (SIDS). The specific focus of the project is to conceptualize, develop and implement policy experimentation and/or regulatory sandboxes on new technologies, as an innovative and catalytic approach to accelerate the progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Key Accomplishments: The evidence of the result, if achieved, will include the following aspects:
(i) Enhanced institutional capacity of selected countries to identify opportunities and gaps (institutional, policy, regulatory, and infrastructure support) on policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes in new technologies, and where relevant, in support of COVID-19 response and/or recovery;
(ii) Improved capacity of target countries to conceptualize and implement pragmatic solutions on operationalizing policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes in new technologies, in specific areas/sectors related to SDG targets, and COVID-19 recovery, where appropriate; and
(iii) Enhanced global and regional dialogue and cooperation among countries and stakeholders on policy experimentation and regulatory sandboxes in new technologies; for possible scale-up and replication in other countries.
Partners: UN DESA, UN ESCAP
Time Frame: January 2021 - December 2024
Focus Countries: Bangladesh (LDC), Kazakhstan (LLDC), Maldives (SIDS)