Communiqué: ITU to boost communication capacity and emergency communication solutions for small island developing states

Leaders at UN Conference on Small Island Developing States: “ICTs open new opportunities”

Geneva, 16 September 2014 – Twenty-eight Heads of State and Government and 4000 participants, including policymakers, business leaders and representatives from civil society gathered in Apia, Samoa, to pledge their support for and establish new partnerships with small island developing states (SIDS), a group of nations that faces unique circumstances and challenges due to their remote location surrounded by large expanses of ocean.

“ICTs are the key to address some of the challenges faced by small island developing states on the road to sustainable development,” said Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, speaking on behalf of ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. “There is no doubt that connectivity in SIDS has been recognized by the international community as being of high importance for supporting the ongoing efforts by SIDS to fully integrate into the global economy. ICTs can also help us address the challenges posed by climate change and disaster risk reduction.”

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