Saturday | 16 Dec 2017
Welcome to Digital Opportunity, the ‘all about ICT for Development’ channel, brought to you by OneWorld South Asia that informs on digital inclusion, showcases best practices in the sector and provides space for sharing and collaboration amongst ICT for D practitioners.
About Digital Opportunity
OneWorld websites and resources
Appropriate Technology Choice

ICTs are key drivers for a sustainable future

20 June 2012

Bookmark and Share

In the run up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, ITU and the United Nations Group on the Information Society focused attention on “ICTs: The foundation of our sustainable future”. Discussions centred on the catalytic impact ICTs have on all three pillars of sustainable development – economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

The event in Rio de Janeiro outlined the critical role of ICTs as cross-cutting drivers of sustainable development, identifying specific ICT applications and services that can assist in the transition towards a green economy. Attention focused on policies, regulations and international standards that could facilitate the uptake of ICT applications. Participants stressed the need to strengthen the right to information and universal access to ICTs as a means of achieving the sustainable development goals of the future and to include this in the outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference.

Participants included a diverse group of experts from UN agencies, such as FAO, ITU, UNEP, UNESCO, UN WOMEN and WMO as well as industry representatives such as Telefónica. Mr Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General UNCTAD and Chairman of the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) led the discussion with Mr Fabio Leite, Deputy Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, representing ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré.

Global Goals 2030
festival ECONOMIA trento
Helpi - your personal safety app
» Online climate conference
Online,  November 5, 2012.
» Open Knowledge Festival 2012
Helsinki, Finland,  September 17,2012.
» ITU Green Standards Week
39, quai du Président Roosevelt 92130 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France,  September 17

Digital Opportunity channels and collaborative projects include:
Ek Duniya Anek Awaaz OneWorld Open Knowledge Network ItrainOnline TIKI the Penguin, Kids Channel
Digital Opportunity