19 May 2014

Ghana: UN Marks World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

press release

The President of the United Nations General Assembly has urged Member States to seek every solution that information and communication technologies (ICT) offer to create a better future for all.

"As we look to advance the Post-2015 Development Agenda through North-South, South-South cooperation, to use ICT to advance our development goals, and to set the stage for a more technologically inclusive world", he said in a message at the UN headquarters, New York yesterday mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

The theme for this year's celebrations is: "Broadband for Sustainable Development".

The Day, celebrated each year on May 17, marks a significant opportunity for the United Nations family to focus global attention on bringing the enormous benefits of the digital revolution in information and communication technologies to the world's inhabitants.

He said the commemorations on the day, is to raise awareness of the vast potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) and broadband Internet connectivity to bridge the digital divide and achieve the broader goals of sustainable development - economic growth, social inclusion and environmental balance.

Commenting on the theme for this year, the President of the GA reminded the Member States and other stakeholders that" Broadband infrastructure development is a critical element in ensuring that ICTs are used innovatively as delivery vehicles for health, education, governance, trade and commerce. And technology can serve to empower young people and enhance overall academic performance.

"Modern communication tools make it possible to connect the remotest communities and endow people with information and knowledge so they can realize their social, cultural and economic aspirations" he said adding that " ICTs are the powerhouses of the global economy, offering real answers to today's problems and creating genuine improvements in the lives of citizens everywhere".

R. Harry Reynolds, Ghana Mission, New York

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