PP-14 Speeches

United Nations

Ban Ki-moon

20 October 2014 - ITU Plenipotentiary Conference Opening Ceremony

Your Excellency President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea,

Minister Choi Yang-hee,

The Honourable Suh Byuung-soo, Mayor of Busan,

Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Touré,

Distinguished Elected Officials of the ITU,


Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to greet the International Telecommunication Union's Plenipotentiary Conference.

I thank the Government and people of the Republic of Korea for hosting and for their commitment to the United Nations. 

You have important decisions to take concerning the future of ICTs and the strategic direction of this vital sector of the global economy. 

Information and communication technologies are a global powerhouse. They make manufacturing more efficient and provide eco-friendly solutions to manage booming cities and transport systems. They empower health workers and bring care within reach of people in remote areas.

Mobile phones have connected people as never before. Broadband networks have made information accessible, helping to bridge the digital divide, especially for women, youth and people living with disabilities. 

ICTs are, in short, among the keys to achieving sustainable development.  As we shape a new development agenda and strive for a new agreement on climate change, let us continue to work together to harness the power of technology to create an accessible and sustainable future for all.  

I commend the leadership and wisdom of Dr. Hamadoun TourĂ© in these challenging times.  Please accept my best wishes for a successful conference.