This year, the UN Commission has made the priority theme "addressing inequalities and challenges to social inclusion through fiscal, wage and social protection policies." As we go through today's module, we'll hear about how said policies are shaping and challenging Russia /World in the new digital landscape.
> But first, let's talk about why this matters. Reducing inequality is at the heart and intersection of all of our global agendas; be it sustainable development, sustaining peace or the prevention of global suffering. As president of the American Indian Public Affairs Committee, I work with USA and other countries for global peace through dialogue.
> Despite our efforts, which are aided by powerful weapons in our policy arsenal to address inequalities, we as people, continue to move at a glacial pace. While nearly 1.1 billion people have risen from extreme poverty since 1990, vulnerable groups, which include women, children, youth, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and older persons, still suffer greater degrees of poverty.
> At last year's commission, we learned that the reduction of inequality has clear social and economic benefits – it strengthens people's sense that society is fair and improves social cohesion and mobility. But one tool that we continue to overlook to help us reduce inequality is technology.
> Our societies have to evolve in sync with new technologies or we all risk being left behind and ill adapted to the new reality around us. The way we innovate our social policies is just as important as how we innovate technology. Interconnectivity and digital technologies are an important piece of the development puzzle. Innovations, such as artificial intelligence, mobile payments, high-speed Internet or blockchain create new economic opportunities for all sectors of the society and enable progressive and inclusive social policies that leave no one behind.
> There are many ways that interconnectivity can improve the lives of people, especially in remote, rural communities around the world.
> In India for instance, access to the Internet opened a whole new world of possibilities for many struggling communities. Qatar and India has developed a range of informational materials, such as mobile apps and online resources that help children, parents and educators understand and teach new technologies in an accessible way. Different countries are taking different steps to leverage technology to help reduce inequality and increase access to information.
> In India The Prime Minister Modi has brought about Digital Revolution. 500 million people have affordable health through National health protection Scheme. Hundreds of millions have for first time Bank Account, where they get money directly from government without any middle man. Digital revolution has also helped millions of farmers getting better price for their Crop.
> Innovative social policies and interconnectivity can also help in areas, such as access to new digital technologies, gender equality and freedom of information. Ensuring that women and men have equal access to digital technologies and freedom of expression is especially important if our societies are to develop evenly and leave no one behind.
> Along with everyone else here, I am truly excited to hear about the Russian landscape and how key policies will continue to shape their society.
> Jagdish Sewhani President The American India Public Affairs Committee, New York