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World leaders seeek global connectivity of networks

By Emmanuel Elebeke
In apparent move to draw a road map for the future of the world in application of technology, world leaders during the week gathered to access the role of broadband in the future global development.

The leaders aim was also to give their  vision for harnessing the transformational power of high-speed, always-on networks.

According to a report, leading lights from industry, civil society, UN agencies and the creative sphere, who together comprise the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, used the occasion to emphasized the critical role of broadband networks in future global development, with a view to ascertain how best to make the services available to all people.

The report said that the meeting which took place in Geneva was to set about defining a vision for accelerating the deployment of broadband networks worldwide, with the aim of improving the delivery of services across a huge range of social and business sectors, and accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The Commission was co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Mr Carlos Slim Helú, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Grupo Carso, with ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré and UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, serving as joint vice chairs.

The outcome of the meeting is expected to be presented to the  UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 19 September 2010 at an official side event of the UN MDG Summit in New York, which starts on September 20.

These outcomes will be presented in the form of two reports, the first of which will reflect expert input from the Commissioners, and the second of which will comprise in-depth analysis of the challenges and opportunities in deploying broadband across a range of different types of economies.


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