Press release: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day focuses on ‘ICT entrepreneurship for social impact’

ICT start-ups and SMEs to connect the world

Geneva, 17 May 2016 –World Telecommunication and Information Society celebrated the fact that billions of people around the world are now connected to a smart, networked environment and looked ahead to new and previously unimaginable possibilities of communicating.

“These welcome developments make it even more urgent that we continue to pursue our goal of bringing the rest of the world’s people online, so that they too can access and create extraordinary social and economic benefits,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a message to people around the world, said: “Information and communication technologies provide smart solutions to address climate change, hunger, poverty and other global challenges. They are key instruments for providing mobile health care and access to education, empowering women, improving efficiencies in industrial and agricultural production, and safeguarding the environment.”


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