Statssekreterare Maja Fjaestads tal vid högnivåmöte i FN:s generalförsamling (engelska)

New York den 15 december 2015.

Det talade ordet gäller.

Mr. President,

The message I will bring home from this meeting is this: the Internet remains a force for the good. For development. For human rights. For the empowerment of people everywhere.

Sweden has been deeply engaged throughout these discussions. One overarching goal of Sweden's feminist foreign policy is the participation of women and girls as actors for sustainable development. Civil society is a crucial partner in this process, as it has been in the negotiations leading up to this meeting.

Mr. President,

We are pleased that we now have made progress on an issue that must be solved: ensuring that women and girls have equal access to technology and information. Already at the Beijing Conference in 1995, we agreed upon the Platform of Action set out to [quote] "increase the participation and access of women to expression and decision making" [end quote] in the face of new media and new technology. It is time to deliver on these promises.

Obviously, the ICT empowerment potential requires such basics as access, skills, and data. I know our international development cooperation perform much important work here. At the same time: we know too little. Sweden contributes to UNCTAD developing statistics to further our understanding of the gender divide.

Mr President,

We see women leaving the internet. They leave concerned of their safety and of their integrity. The same patriarchal power structures that limit the lives of women offline are also present online in every society. Women are the targets of hate speech and cyber violence. This is both a security and human rights issue. We need to focus on empowerment of women and we need to approach the topic with a power analysis.

Distinguished colleagues,

We have to close the digital divide. UN Women, member states and all other stakeholders will work to enhance the use of ICT for empowerment of women. This is also stated in the 2030 Agenda.

Human rights are the foundation for the Information Society. Therefore, we must move away from the false dichotomy of putting human rights against security. Rather, they are prerequisites for each other: We must develop our policies in a way that respects and promotes human rights and the rule of law.

Sweden wants an inclusive, global dialogue on these issues. The Stockholm Internet Forum for Global Development will reconvene hundreds of delegates from across the world next year. We look forward to continuing to the global conversation on technology, gender and sustainable development there.

Thank you.

Fakta om World Summit on the Information Society

WSIS-processen utgör grunden för FN:s arbete med internet- och informationssamhällefrågor för global utveckling. Den omfattar hela bredden av cyberfrågor: mänskliga rättigheter, internationell rätt, cybersäkerhet, internets globala styrning och global utveckling.