Narrowing technology gap key to reducing poverty in poorest nations – UN

The world’s 50 poorest nations must harness science, technology and innovation to be able to achieve the kind of economic growth needed to reduce poverty, according to a new United Nations report released today.

UN summit aims to harness technology for Africa’s development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have strongly endorsed a summit to be held later this year aiming to boost information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in Africa to advance development on the continent.

Ban Ki-moon names top aides to deal with poor countries, information technology

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named the Ambassador of Mali to the United Nations as his top aide dealing with the world’s most vulnerable countries and appointed a veteran information technology professional from the Republic of Korea as the world body’s new Chief IT Officer.

Tech companies looking to poorer countries' markets, UN panel told

The larger information technology corporations in Silicon Valley are undergoing a “significant mindset change” regarding emerging markets, a top executive has told a panel at the United Nations.

Youth need more access to information technology, Ban Ki-moon says

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged policymakers and industry leaders to work together with young people to give more of them access to information and communications technology (ICT).

UN’s top communication official hails adoption of text on information work

The senior United Nations communications official has hailed the adoption of a wide-ranging draft resolution by the world body’s Committee on Information as a “road map for the year ahead.”

UN Committee on Information supports use of diverse media for outreach

Representatives of United Nations Member States today urged the world body to keep using a wide array of media and languages to deliver its message of peace, development and rights to the peoples of the world, as the UN Committee on Information continued its 2007 debate at UN Headquarters in New York.

States urge new measures to make UN website more thoroughly multilingual

Delegates attending the United Nations Committee on Information meeting in New York today called for new measures to make the world body’s website more thoroughly multilingual.

Low-cost Internet next step in closing digital divide, officials tell UN-backed forum

Bringing down the costs of Internet access could set off the same wave of connectivity that has made mobile phone usage commonplace in developing countries, said innovators and corporate leaders from some of the world’s leading technology firms meeting today in northern California with government leaders, activists and United Nations officials.

Information technology plays key role in fostering development, Ban Ki-moon says

Information and communications technologies (ICT) are crucial in spurring “development, dignity and peace,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told a gathering of technology experts, activists, corporate leaders and government officials.