Industry leaders to promote Smart Sustainable Development


High-level advisory board to guide ITU initiative

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Industry leaders met today in an advisory capacity to promote ITU’s Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) initiative. The meeting of the Advisory Board brings together leaders of the telecom sector to leverage the transformational power of ICTs to push forward innovation and change at all levels.
ITU secretary-general, Hamadoun I. Touré, noted that smart solutions are needed to meet global challenges such as climate change. “Leading edge information and communication technologies provide new opportunities to fast track sustainable development,” Touré said. “Smart technological solutions can help combat climate change while improving our capacity to respond to natural disasters and, at the same time, provide improved access to basic needs, such as health, education, and nutrition.”
Brahima Sanou, director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, re-iterated the importance of harnessing the power of ICTs. “ITU acts as a facilitator and provides a platform for stakeholders to map strategies that will be transformed into action with the aim of providing socio-economic development and saving lives using modern ICTs.”

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