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ITU calls for inclusion of ICT at Rio+20 Summit

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The Broadband Commission for Digital Development of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has issued a ‘call to action’ to include information and communication technologies (ICT) as catalysts for sustainable development as delegates met in New York late April to negotiate ahead of the Rio+20 conference.

The call to include ICT networks, services and applications as enablers of sustainable development was issued at the start of the all-important second round of negotiations on the proposed outcomes for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), according to a statement by the UN ICT agency.

The ITU said the inclusion of a strong reference to the catalytic role of ICTs and broadband in the Rio+20 roadmap will help ensure solutions are found to meet the challenges of sustainable development in a rapidly evolving world where technology is increasingly central to all aspects of society.

“It is vital that information and communication technologies are given due recognition in the outcome of Rio+20 as ICTs provide the critical technological solutions needed to attain sustainable development for all humankind and the planet we live on,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said.

He adds “ICTs promote the integration of ‘smarter’ and more energy-efficient economic growth, social development and environmental protection; failure to recognize the power of ICTs for development could very well lead to a ‘Future we don’t want’.”

By Ekow Quandzie

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