NEW YORK (United Nations), May 17 (Xinhua) – On Tuesday, on the occasion of the World Telecommunication and Information Society, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the development of new information and communications technology (ICT) with lasting positive impact on the social level.
in a message to the world on the occasion of this day, Mr. Ban stressed that sustainable development program required to leverage these technologies to accomplish the overall objective of ensuring everyone to live in dignity.
“these technologies offer intelligent solutions to fight against climate change, hunger, poverty and other challenges that the world faces. They are essential to establish mobile health services, ensure access to education, promote women’s independence, improve the efficiency of industrial and agricultural production, and preserving the environment, “he said.
Emphasizing that young people were” particularly good use of information technology and communication “, the Secretary General said that global policy makers should invest in innovative young people who are part of the greatest generation of youth in history.
He therefore urged governments , companies and leaders of civil society to develop new technologies that will have long term positive effects on the social level, and to “harness the potential of technology to build a better future for all.”
This year’s World telecommunication and information society is under the theme “entrepreneurship in ICT for social progress.” It aims to highlight the role played by entrepreneurs and SMEs in the ICT sector in building economic growth is both sustainable and inclusive.