Experts from around the world discuss in Brazil the role of the Internet in the 2030 Agenda

10 November 2015

Some 5,000 people, including government representatives, civil society leaders, and Internet policy experts will meet from this Tuesday, until November 13, in the city of Joâo Pessoa in Brazil, to discuss the role that the Internet should play. play in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Tenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) comes at a key moment, after the definition of ambitious goals, among which is the significant increase in connectivity at a global level.

One of the objectives of this Agenda promotes universal and affordable access to these technologies by 2020 in the least developed countries.

Lenni Montiel is the United Nations Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development. He spoke to UN Radio about the importance of the meeting before his trip to Brazil to represent the Secretary General at that Forum.

“It is one of the few official United Nations events that are held with full inclusion of representatives of the private sector and civil society sitting at the table as equals, to discuss the challenges, plans and actions that all together, governments, society civil and private sector, must face to guarantee that the Internet as an instrument dedicated to development, definitely facilitates development ”.

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), there are more than 7 billion people in the world who subscribe to mobile phones, compared to just 738 million in 2000.

Although progress has been made in bridging the digital divide, there are still 4 million people in the developing world who are not connected to technologies, according to the ITU.

10 November 2015

Some 5,000 people, including government representatives, civil society leaders, and Internet policy experts will meet from this Tuesday, until November 13, in the city of Joâo Pessoa in Brazil, to discuss the role that the Internet should play. play in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Tenth Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) comes at a key moment, after the definition of ambitious goals, among which is the significant increase in connectivity at a global level.

One of the objectives of this Agenda promotes universal and affordable access to these technologies by 2020 in the least developed countries.

Lenni Montiel is the United Nations Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development. He spoke to UN Radio about the importance of the meeting before his trip to Brazil to represent the Secretary General at that Forum.

“It is one of the few official United Nations events that are held with full inclusion of representatives of the private sector and civil society sitting at the table as equals, to discuss the challenges, plans and actions that all together, governments, society civil and private sector, must face to guarantee that the Internet as an instrument dedicated to development, definitely facilitates development ”.

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), there are more than 7 billion people in the world who subscribe to mobile phones, compared to just 738 million in 2000.

Although progress has been made in bridging the digital divide, there are still 4 million people in the developing world who are not connected to technologies, according to the ITU.