A digital divide has no place in information age: Ban Ki-moon

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The management of information and technologies should be transparent, democratic and inclusive.

That's the message delivered by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the World Conference on International Telecommunications, which opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday.

About 2,000 delegates from 160 countries have gathered to discuss a global treaty that sets out general principles for ensuring the free flow of information around the world.

Mr. Ban said that expanding the benefits of information and communication technologies will be crucial in the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and shape the development agenda after 2015.

"Our overall objective is to ensure universal access to the benefits of information and communication technology – including for the two-thirds of the world's population currently not on-line. A digital divide has no place in the information age and 21st century knowledge economy. The management of information and communication technology should be transparent, democratic and inclusive."

Duration: 27"

The Secretary-General said the United Nations system stands behind the goal of an open Internet.

He stressed that the right to communicate is essential to the mission of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration:  1’37″

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