ICTs are enablers of ‘smart’, energy-efficient sustainable societies
Geneva, 20 June 2012 – ITU and the Ministry of Communication of Brazil organized a high level event under the theme,
“Broadband and ICTs for smart, inclusive and sustainable societies” on the eve of Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
The event outlined the critical role of broadband-enabled services and applications as facilitators for long-term sustainable economic development. Discussions centred on two key areas: “Broadband and ICTs for ‘Smart’ Development”; and “Incentives for broadband deployment and coordination of public and private sectors to promote sustainable development”.
Speakers presented their perspectives and experiences on the application of broadband-enabled innovation as drivers of ‘smart’ energy-efficient economic growth, social development and environmental protection – the three pillars of sustainable development. They also examined the challenges confronting the roll out of broadband as well as the solutions that need to be put in place to harness the catalytic potential of ICTs to achieve sustainable development.
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