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At key technology conference, Secretary-General warns of 'digital divide' in Internet age

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"As we strive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and shape the post-2015 development agenda, expanding the benefits of ICTs will be crucial." (United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)

In a video message to the ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications, taking place in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, Secretary-General Ban called on Member States to maintain the free electronic flow of ideas and information, adding that the UN “stands behind the goal of an open Internet.”

The 11-day conference – which is slated to run until 14 December – will bring an estimated 1,900 delegates from 193 nations together to review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which function as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate international interconnection of information and communication services, as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and availability.

"A digital divide has no place in the information age and 21st-century knowledge economy," he said. "Our overall objective must be to ensure universal access to information and communication technology – including for the two-thirds of the world’s population currently not online."

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This is the Video Message for WCIT 2012 from the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: