New treaty to bring connectivity to more people worldwide

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A global conference on international telecommunications concluded in Dubai on Friday with the signing of a new treaty that will bring the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to people everywhere.

The agreement details general principles on the free flow of information as well as new provisions on assisting developing countries and promoting accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Dr. Hamadoun Touré, head of the International Telecommunications Union called it "a momentous occasion and historic opportunity to bring connectivity to the two thirds of the world's people who are still offline."

More than 2,000 delegates from 151 countries participated in the two-week conference to renegotiate the 24-year old regulations which facilitate global interconnectivity.

A number of issues provoked intense debate during the conference, among them, network security and the principle of non-discriminatory access of countries to each other's networks.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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