In September 25, 2015 the United Nations held a historic meeting at which 193 world leaders decided on 17 global goals to achieve three extraordinary changes by 2030. These are to end poverty, fight injustice and inequality, and to combat climate change. The global goals for sustainable development could lead to the solution to these problems in all countries and for all people.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, lead singer of the band U2 and co-founder of humanitarian organisation ONE Bono, and founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg all took part, along with business leaders from around the world. Cybercom, with its CEO Niklas Flyborg, was the only Swedish IT consulting company that attended the Private Sector Forum, which discussed the Global Compact, an initiative that focuses on the role of the private sector in implementing the sustainable development goals.
The otherwise somewhat odd duo of Mark Zuckerberg and Bono announced the launch of a campaign to focus on digitalisation, and asserted that internet connection is a human right.
Mark Zuckerberg declared that Facebook intends to work with the UNHCR to support the millions of refugees fleeing war and poverty by providing internet.
“Connectivity will help refugees better access support from the aid community and maintain links to family and loved ones,” he said in his speech.
Zuckerberg and Bono also expanded on their thoughts in a New York Times article, in which they described the current situation of the poor and refugees. Today, only half of the world’s population has internet access, and the proportion is much lower in developing countries. They emphasised that technology companies and entrepreneurs must take responsibility, and said that all the global goals must be achieved, but that the aim of internet access for all is likely to accelerate fulfilment of the other goals.
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