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21.06.2012 - UNESCO

Broadband for smart, inclusive and sustainable societies

Access to information for all through broadband and ICTs is essential for fostering green, inclusive and sustainable societies, says Hans d’Orville, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning.

He was speaking at a special event organised by the Brazilian Ministry of Communication and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on  the theme “Broadband and ICTs for smart, inclusive and sustainable societies”, alongside the Rio+20 conference taking place in Brazil.

Mr d’Orville stressed the need for “a global broadband roll-out to support the development of all societies, including enhancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people around the world”.

The event aimed to put on the agenda of the Rio+20 summit the increasingly important role that information and communication technologies (ICT's) are playing in the transition to the green economy and sustainable development.

Broadband networks are a basic infrastructure of modern society just like roads, electricity and water. They are a platform for development, promoting social progress, poverty eradication and overall human well-being. After all, it is very important to realize that broadband is not an end in itself, but a platform of progress towards Information and Knowledge Societies that are efficient, inclusive and built on sustainability principles.

Also speaking during the same event was Cézar Alvarez, Brazilian Executive Secretary of Communication, who pointed out that “access to new technologies is an inherent part of development processes and social inclusion”.

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