Information and communication technologies (ICT) have driven global development in an unprecedented way, providing huge opportunities for social and economic development. Billions of people enjoy access to ICTs thanks to technological progress, infrastructure deployment and falling prices. The ICT industry has experienced incredible growth over the past 15 years. In 2000, there were 400 million […]

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Since the first deployment of emergency telecommunications equipment following the South-East Asia earthquake and tsunami on Sunday, 26 December 2004, ITU has responded to numerous countries affected by natural disasters. Information and communication technology (ICT) plays a critical role in all phases of disaster management, from disaster preparedness, early warning, rescue, mitigation, relief and response. […]

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Mobile innovations are growing at an exponential rate. For example, a new attachment for your smartphone can perform an on-screen visual test of your eyes, and Google has also developed a smart contact lens that can monitor blood-sugar levels on a continuous basis to help its wearer better manage diabetes. A dongle attached to a […]

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From 6 – 17 July 2015, more than 100 graduate students convened at the Palais des Nations in Geneva for the 53rd annual Graduate Study Programme. The programme, hosted by the UNOG Information Service, provides an immersive experience looking into the inner workings of the United Nations, including its various agencies, funds and programmes, across […]


Information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility for persons with disabilities is a priority for ITU members. At the 2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14), ITU members recognized the need to ensure that the one billion people living with some form of disability can use ICTs in order to empower them to reach their full potential. […]

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In late October 2014, I travelled to Busan, Republic of Korea, to collect one of the first GEM-Tech Awards at ITU’s 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference. I was deeply honored to accept the award on behalf of the 40,000 marginalized young students of iMerit and our sister company, Anudip Foundation, who have been mainstreamed into digital jobs and […]


Around the world, 360 million people have disabling hearing loss. Deafness can be an isolating condition, with those affected unable to hear a knock at the door, a dog barking or an announcement at a train station. But services such as conference captioning equal the playing field, allowing people who are hard of hearing to […]


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