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Addressing Digital Divides Can Be The Key To Sustainable Growth


11/19/2015


UN Secretary urges the world to address the issue of ‘digital divides’ in order to effectuate “Sustainable Development Goals”.



Addressing Digital Divides Can Be The Key To Sustainable Growth
The UN’s Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon believes that in order to meet the targets of the “Sustainable Development Goals” that have been adopted recently, one needs to explore the “potential of the data revolution” whereby establishing a practice of “new and non-traditional sources of data” usage.
 
Addressing at the “10th annual Internet Governance Forum”, Mr. Ban remarked:
“Less than two months ago, world leaders adopted the visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our challenge now is to implement this blueprint for a better future. Information and communications technologies and the Internet can empower this global undertaking”.
 
Although, Mr. Ban is well aware that “several challenges” pose hurdles in the way of implementing the “Sustainable Development Agenda” and the one of them is the “large digital divides” resulting in various cyber crimes like cyber attacks, breaching of privacy, tapping on surveillance network and so on, whereby he added:
“People living in poverty, women and girls, children, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples and marginalized, vulnerable groups lack adequate access to and training in using ICTs and the Internet”.
 
In an urge directed to the stakeholders, he recommended an intensification of “efforts to promote accessibility, affordability, education and multilingualism by investing in critical infrastructure and capacity building and by building an open, reliable, safe, secure, stable and inclusive Internet through multilateral and multi-stakeholder global partnerships.”
 
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs informs through a press release that the three-day long IGF meeting will likely be attended by “some 5,000 attendees”, consisting of “high-level government officials, civil society leaders and Internet policy experts, both in-person and online”.
 
As per the report, the main points of discussion in this year’s meeting will be centred around “Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development”, whereby highliting the significance of “Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the Internet in developmental activities”. While, the UN’s Economic and Social Affairs’ secretary general, Mr. Wu Hongbo remarks:
“Information and Communications Technologies, as a powerful enabler of sustainable development, can make great contributions to the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda”.
 
Moreover, other topics such as “Cybersecurity and Trust; Internet Economy, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Openness; Enhancing Multi-stakeholder Cooperation, Internet and Human Rights, Critical Internet Resources and Emerging Issues” will also form part of the discussion as “sub-themes”. In the words of Mr. Montiel:
“The IGF Platform has contributed towards efforts at national, regional and international levels to build a cyberspace that promotes peace and security, enables development and ensure human rights”.
 
As observed by the Department, the “Agenda 2030” plans to “significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.”
 
Even though, there are “more than 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide” at present, the ITU data show that almost close to “four billion people” “remain unconnected” especially in the regions of developing countries while efforts are being made to “bridging the digital divide” and progresses have also been recorded to the same effect.







References:
www.un.org
 







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