About the Global Tech Panel
Convened by High Representative Borrell, the #GlobalTechPanel brings together leaders from the tech industry, the world of investment, and civil society. The aim of the Global Tech Panel is to foster new types of cooperation between diplomacy and technology to address challenges and threats but also to make innovation a true force for good in an increasingly more complex and connected world. The Global Tech Panel is a forum for the open discussion and practical development of innovative solutions; it focuses specifically on the nexus between tech and common foreign and security policy.
The Global Tech Panel last met on 18 February 2021, in a reflection on how to join forces to deal with the opportunities and risks that the world faces as it emerges from the pandemic.
High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said: “The COVID-19 pandemic calls for new types of partnerships and alliances to tackle the threats of the 21st century. We must harness the potential of technology to help us solve global problems. We must use the potential of business and civic engagement to its full extent.”
In the coming months, the members of the Global Tech Panel will work together to explore potential areas of engagement ranging from pandemic recovery to education and security to working with partners in Africa on digital transformation, among others. On this basis, High Representative/Vice-President Borrell will reconvene the Panel again for a meeting in the coming months.
The Global Tech Panel has met 6 times since it was created by former High Representatives Federica Mogherini in April 2018: first in Brussels, twice in the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 and 2019, once in Seattle, then in Helsinki, and most recently by video-conference “in Brussels” due to the pandemic. The Global Tech Panel has also held an informal working session with the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Defence Ministers’ formation and a joint meeting with the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation in 2019. Panel Members have engaged in extensive outreach to advance the objectives of the Panel, including pro bono entrepreneurship mentoring events in Tunisia, participation in the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe 2018 “Taking cooperation to the digital age”, addressing the EU-African Union and EU-League of Arab States Political and Security Committee Meetings, and leading discussions in many other international fora. Global Tech Panel Members have also participated in the EU Ambassadors Conferences and EEAS trainings, helping to craft a new digital diplomacy for the 21st century.
"Our discussions in the Global Tech Panel so far have strengthened my conviction that a new conversation is needed between diplomacy and technology leaders on solving problems together," said Federica Mogherini following the first meeting of the Global Tech Panel in Brussels in June 2018.
"Whether it’s responding to climate change, global inequality, automation or new weapons, positive change requires a new, collaborative approach if we are to shift the dial back towards progress."
At the same time, Mogherini said, the Global Tech Panel was working on "regulating the military applications" of new technologies. This reflects the second major theme of the meeting: the governing framework for Lethal Autonomous Weapons.
Global Tech Panel members
In addition to EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles, who convenes the Global Tech Panel, its members are (in alphabetical order):