Dr Touré at the GETHealth Summit in New York
6-7 February, New York, United States
Dr Hamadoun Touré reinforced ITU’s commitment to e-health at the first-ever Global Education, Technology and Health Summit (GETHealth Summit
), which was held at United Nations headquarters in New York on February 6-7, co-hosted by ITU and the Governments of Ethiopia, Norway, Rwanda and Uganda, with the support of the UN Office for Partnerships and a number of key US and international partners.
The event brought together a global audience of health care providers, researchers, educators, and health administrators, as well as leaders in the pharmaceutical, business, philanthropic, and technological fields. Broadband Commissioners Amir Dossal
, Reza jafari
, Suvi Lindén
and Jeff Sachs
also took part in the Summit.
In his opening keynote address
, Dr Touré spoke of the role of ICTs as key enablers in every facet of human activity - from healthcare and education to energy, transportation, government, entertainment, innovation and enterprise. Noting that two thirds of the world's population – some 4.5 billion people – are still offline, he challenged participants to come up with innovative solutions through new forms of partnership and alliances.
The two-day summit covered a diverse range of topics around global education and technology. In depth plenary sessions focused on IT infrastructure, distance learning platforms, the Millennium Development Goals, ICT4D, gender empowerment, public-private partnerships, policy development, health education and research and social media.