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Development of ICT means freedom for SIDS

Content by: South-South News

14 November 2014, New York, USA | Shari Nijman - The United Nations today explored the possibilities of reinvigorating the development of E-government facilities within Small Island Development States. ICT and connectivity play a central role in the future sustainable development of SIDS, as it is vital to keep up with global trade, and social, economic and environmental progress.

“Technology creates virtual bridges that nullify physical distance.” Sebastiano Cardi, Ambassador of Italy to the UN and Chair of the UN Second Committee said, highlighting the power of ICT to “Mitigate the impact of isolation.Permit travel in more than one direction. Afford the people of the world to learn from one another. And present formidable opportunity to promoting business opportunities and employment creation.”

“E-government holds great potential to improve institutions so they can better address the major many challenges faces by SIDS,” said Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. 

From ensuring food security to addressing the ever-rising sea levels, SIDS need the attention of the international community. And a more integrated and usable digital network will help them manage their development challenges.

To change policy we all have to be involved,” said Robert Guba Aidi: Permanent Representative of Papua New Guinea to the United Nations in New York.

Governments also emphasized the pivotal role of ICT and E-Government facilities in time of natural disasters and emergency.

Overall, panelist emphasized that increased connectivity delivers increased freedom to SIDS, as well as give them the tools to make significant strides in sustainable development for the islands, and their population.


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