Daily Archives: September 27, 2015
A day before he meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a call to world leaders at the UN to ensure universal internet access by 2020 to “give a voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless.”
Zuckerberg, who will host a town-hall meeting with Modi at his company’s sprawling campus in Menlo Park in California today, participated in several engagements at the world body’s headquarters on the sidelines of the ongoing UN Sustainable Development Summit.
He called for greater global internet access during a speech at the United Nations Private Sector Forum yesterday.
He said that when communities are connected, they can be lifted out of poverty.
“Connecting the world is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation,” Zuckerberg said adding that wide Internet access “needs to be at the heart of the global development strategy” to address new challenges and needs of the new generation.
Just prior to his speech, Zuckerberg posted on Facebook that internet access is essential for achieving humanity’s Global Goals.
“By giving people access to the tools, knowledge and opportunities of the internet, we can give a voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless.
“We also know that the internet is a vital enabler of jobs, growth and opportunity. And research tells us that for every 10 people connected to the internet, about 1 is lifted out of poverty,” he said.
“By connecting more people in developing countries, we have an opportunity to create more than 140 million new jobs, lift 160 million people out of poverty, and give more than 600 million children access to affordable learning tools,” he said.
Zuckerberg also kicked off a global campaign demand internet access for all. Joining Zuckerberg in this global campaign is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, singer Bono, business tycoon Richard Branson and pop star Shakira.
A declaration signed by Zuckerberg, Gates and others for the global campaign states that Internet access is essential for achieving humanity’s global goals.
The declaration calls on leaders and innovators from all countries, industries and communities to work together to make universal internet access a reality by 2020, as promised in the new Global Goals adopted by world leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, last week.
PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss on Saturday urged the Centre to move a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) seeking an international inquiry into the war crimes in Sri Lanka.
“If allowed, the U.S. resolution for an internal inquiry would prove fatal for the interests of Sri Lankan Tamils. There is not much time left. India should immediately take steps to move a resolution for an international inquiry,” he said.
Dr. Anbumani, who is slated to address the UNHRC on September 30 on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, said judges from Commonwealth countries could not get justice for the Tamils. “Judges from Bangladesh or Pakistan will never be able to conduct a fair probe. That is why we also opposed the hybrid inquiry,” he said.
Though agreed that the U.S. had played a major role in the past in favour of the Sri Lankan Tamils in the United Nations, its stand on the issue now was unacceptable. Dr. Anbumani said it was unbecoming of Electricity and Excise Minister Natham R. Viswanathan to speak against prohibition citing revenue loss.