Preserving an Open Internet to Achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Internet as an Enabler for Achieving SDGs 4 and 5

Together with Access Now, we hosted a side event at ECOSOC High Level Political Forum 2022.

This virtual side event examined the efforts to expand access to the Internet and how they contribute to the achievement of SDGs 4 and 5, as well as challenges the Internet faces that undermine the achievement of these goals. This session examined ways to ensure that everyone has unrestricted, inexpensive, and dependable Internet access.


  • Neeti Biyani, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Internet Society
  • Peter Micek, General Counsel, Access Now
  • Marielza Oliveria, Director for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring, UNESCO
  • Juwang Zhu, Director of the Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)

Moderator: Dr. Joseph Hall, Distinguished Technologist, Strong Internet, Internet Society

Date and Time

13:00 – 14:30 EDT (UTC-4)

Friday 15 July 2022



Image credit: United Nations