The Digital Health & Rights Project Responds to the Global Digital Compact Zero Draft

The Digital Health and Rights Project and Digital Transformations for Health Lab published a response to the Global Digital Compact Zero Draft on Friday 13th April 2024. Among our recommendations is for health to be integrated into the Global Digital Compact as a key sector that is impacted by and will continue to be significantly transformed by digital technologies and AI.


STOPAIDS is a member of the Digital Health and Rights Project (DHRP), a consortium that draws on a rich history of experience and expertise in human rights and global health governance, particularly the HIV and AIDS response.

A key priority for the DHRP’s digital health and rights advocacy this year is the Global Digital Compact (GDC). The GDC was proposed by the UN Secretary-General in his report ‘Our Common Agenda’ published in September 2021. The Compact will be agreed at the UN Summit of the Future in September 2024, with negotiations continuing throughout 2023-4.

The aim of the Compact is to establish a ‘shared vision on digital cooperation’. It is set to cover numerous topics, including digital connectivity, avoiding Internet fragmentation, providing people with options as to how their data is used, application of human rights online, and promoting a trustworthy Internet by introducing accountability criteria for discrimination and misleading content.

The negotiation and agreement of the Compact is a key moment to observe the shaping of norms for global digital governance. The Co-Chairs shared a Zero Draft of the Compact in early April (available here).

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