UN Expert meeting on good governance in the promotion and protection of human rights

04/09/2023. Panel discussion on the most efficient ways of upholding good governance to address the human rights impacts of the various digital divides had been conducted in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, and online platform (Zoom).

The panel discussion brought together key stakeholders to discuss the most efficient ways of upholding good governance to address the human rights impacts of the various digital divides. Panelists provided the perspectives of various sectors, thereby offering a multistakeholder perspective on this issue. Participants exchanged information, expertise, and good practices, highlighting successful experiences and promising practices for bridging digital divides at both local and national levels, particularly among groups that are disproportionately affected.

Participants discussed the role of good governance in the context of addressing the digital divides, including through the promotion and enhancement of digital awareness.

Chairman of the Legal Analysis and Research Public Union Ramil Iskandarli made an online intervention and talked about the opportunities of using digital information and technologies in Azerbaijan to prevent and address corruption.

Here is the text of the Ramil Iskandarli’s online video intervention:

“Digital public services have a significant impact on reducing corruption in Azerbaijan, as they promote transparency, efficiency, and accountability in government operations. In Azerbaijan, the implementation of digital public services have a positive affect towards reducing corruption.

“ASAN service” which is public services delivery halls of Azerbaijan was awarded with the United Nations Public Service Prize.

Reduced Human Interaction is very important. Digital services in Azerbaijan minimized face-to-face interactions between citizens and government officials, which is reduced opportunities for corruption.

Digital public services can streamline administrative processes, making them more efficient and less prone to bureaucratic bottlenecks. When services are delivered more quickly and without unnecessary delays, there is less incentive for citizens to engage in corrupt practices to expedite their requests.

Major advantages of digital government:

–             For the government

– Improving the rationality of the activities of government agencies through the widespread use of modern technologies.

–             For citizens:

– Active citizen participation in public administration;

– Simplification of communication between citizens and public authorities, making this communication more accessible and responsive way.

–             For business sector:

– Rational and prompt establishment of relations with government agencies, cost reduction.