EHS-COVID (306) UN Secretary-General: Ensure digital technologies are 'a force for good'

18 May, 2021

With thanks to HIFA member Richard Fitton

Extracts below. Full text here: https://news.un.org/en/story/2021/05/1092052

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation across the planet, millions worldwide still lack Internet access, the UN Secretary-General said on Monday, highlighting why information and communication technologies (ICTs) must be “a force for good.”

In his message for World Telecommunication and Information Science Day, celebrated annually on 17 May, the UN chief called for action to conquer both the pandemic and the digital divide...

“On World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, let us commit to work together to defeat COVID-19 and ensure that digital technologies are a force for good that help us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and leave no one behind.”

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org