OICT Becomes Newest Member of the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA)

The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA).

OICT hosted several successful open source-based initiatives in the areas of peace and security, development and human rights. By joining the Alliance, OICT will not only increase its potential to implement and develop digital public goods, but, most importantly, collaborate and share this vision with renowned stakeholders.

Launched in 2017 as a response to recommendation 1B of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) is multi-stakeholder initiative committed to advancing high-quality, open source digital solutions. With more than 20 active members from the public and private sectors, the alliance aims at operating in a transparent and participatory manner that mirrors a strong commitment to open source software, open data and open artificial intelligence (AI) models that adhere to privacy best practices, do no harm, and help attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“We are very honored to become the newest member of DPGA, as we strongly believe that initiatives like these, with such prominent stakeholders, are key to foster collaboration and open new opportunities to promote DPG,” said Bernardo Mariano Junior, Chief Information Technology Officer, Assistant Secretary-General, OICT, “This is a unique opportunity to work together as a network devoted to empowering open source solutions that can help humanity achieve the SDGs”.

About the DPGA Members

Among the member organizations and entities that are part of the DPGA, are the following:

  • UN entities: United Nations Development Programme (Board member); UNICEF (Board member); UN Global Pulse; The Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology and WHO.
  • Other members include: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; GitHub; USAID; data.org; eGov Foundation; Food and Agriculture Organization; Foundation for Public Code; the Republic of Estonia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT and Innovation; Thoughtworks; the Uganda Ministry of ICT and National Guidance. 

For more information on the DPGA, visit: https://digitalpublicgoods.net