UN Conference Touts Communications, Early Warning Systems (6/22/12)
Rio+20, the 2012 United Nations conference on sustainable development, recognized in its outcome document the critical role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in accelerating the implementation of sustainable development commitments. The Rio+20 outcome document has been agreed by UN member states and defines the key principles that will guide the international community in the upcoming years to move the sustainable development agenda forward.
While reaffirming their commitment to the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society, member states said, “ICT is facilitating the flow of information between governments and the public. In this regard, it is essential to work toward improved access to ICT, especially broadband network and services, and bridge the digital divide, recognizing the contribution of international cooperation” to enhance agriculture services and improve communications infrastructure.
The need for cooperation and sharing of early warning systems from relevant organizations, and the importance of technologies for mapping, observing and sustainable development policymaking were also recognized.
“It is appropriate that ICT have been recognized as critical instruments to achieve sustainable development by the landmark Rio+20 conference,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. “ICTs are unique, cost-effective, inclusive and environment friendly tools to spur green growth and create jobs, promote social progress, and ensure environmental protection and the sustainable future that we want.”
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