World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrates ICT entrepreneurship


World Telecommunication and Information Society celebrated the fact that billions of people around the world are now connected to a smart, networked environment and looked ahead to new and previously unimaginable possibilities of communicating.

“These welcome developments make it even more urgent that we continue to pursue our goal of bringing the rest of the world’s people online, so that they too can access and create extraordinary social and economic benefits,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a message to people around the world, said: “Information and communication technologies provide smart solutions to address climate change, hunger, poverty and other global challenges. They are key instruments for providing mobile health care and access to education, empowering women, improving efficiencies in industrial and agricultural production, and safeguarding the environment.”

Mr Michael Møller, Director General of the UN Office at Geneva, represented Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2016 marks the 151st anniversary of the establishment of ITU, which was founded in Paris on 17 May 1865.Global focus on ICT entrepreneurship for social impact

The celebrations in Geneva today brought together leading academics, incubators, and entrepreneurs to discuss the significance of ICT entrepreneurship to create social impact.
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