Communiqué: Register now for Special UN event on ICTs and Sustainable Development

Geneva, 8 July 2016 – A special side event featuring private and public sector experts will be held during the High Level Policy Forum (HLPF) in New York on 15 July 2016. This special side event will focus on how the spread of information and communication technology (ICT) and global interconnectedness has the potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies, especially when working in tandem with scientific and technological innovations across areas as diverse as medicine and energy.

“ICTs are vital in driving progress towards achieving each and every one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” said Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General. “ICTs can empower billions of individuals around the world – by providing access to education resources and healthcare, and services such as mobile banking, e-government and social media, amongst others. We need to be better aware of the role ICTs can play from inspiration to action to multi-stakeholder engagement and implementation.”

For full text see: www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2016/CM14.aspx

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