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In June 2012, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together at the Rio+20 conference to redefine the sustainable development future.
On the evening of the 19th of June, high level speakers from the private and public sector will gather in Parque dos Atletas to present the importance of recognizing broadband as the platform for sustainable development in an event organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Communication and ITU.


Date: 19 June 2012
Time: 15:00 - 19:00
Where: Parque dos Atletas, auditório CNO - Avenida Salvador Allende s/n. Barra da Tijuca.


Event overview
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Understanding the role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are playing in the transition to the green economy and sustainable development pathways is understanding our modern, fast moving and technology driven world.
Broadband networks are a basic infrastructure of modern society just like roads, electricity and water. They are a platform for development, promoting social progress, poverty eradication and overall human well-being. After all, it is very important to realize that broadband is not an end in itself, but a platform of progress towards Information and Knowledge Societies that are efficient, inclusive and built on sustainability principles.
The event will be overseen by Gary Fowlie, Head of the ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations.
Introductory remarks to be given by:
Mr Cezar Alvarez ​Brazilian Executive Secretary of Communication
Mr Houlin Zhao

Deputy Secretary-General, ITU

Representing Vice Chair, Broadband Commission for Digital Development

Mr Hans D'Orville

Asisstant Director General for Strategic Planning, UNESCO

Representing Vice Chair, Broadband Commission for Digital Development

Johan Wibergh

​Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson​

Chair Working Group on Climate Change of the Broadband Commission


The event is divided into two sessions:
Session 1
This session will look at the opportunities and benefits offered by broadband and ICTs in the context of sustainable development speakers will share their perspectives and experiences on the application of broadband-enabled innovation as drivers of “smart” energy-efficient economic growth, social development and environmental protection -the three pillars of sustainable development. The session will highlight why universal access to ICTs (including broadband) should be considered in the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference as a basic infrastructure for sustainable development and the transition to the green economy.
The following speakers will present in session 1:
H.E Ambassador Cheick Sidi Diarra ​Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, UN OHRLLS
​Mr Francisco Soares

​Senior Director, Qualcomm


Mr Gilberto Câmara​

​Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa Espacial of Brazil (INPE)


Mr Sebastião Sahão

​Director, Centro de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento of Brazil (CPqD)​


​Mr Demi Getschko

​Diretor Presidente


​Mr Fransisco Valim

​Chief Executive Officer, Oi/Telemar


​Prof. Dr Klaus Leisinger ​President and Managing Director, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development
Session 2
This session will examine the challenges and solutions that need to be put in place to employ the potential of broadband as the foundation for sustainable development. Discussions will comprise the appropriate mechanisms, incentives and enabling conditions for the deployment and use of broadband infrastructure and services to promote sustainable development (e.g. policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, access to technologies and capacity building mechanisms, investment in targeted areas/sectors).
The following speakers will present in session 2:
​Mr João Batista de Rezende  

President of ANATEL


Mr Artur Coimbra   ​Director of the Ministry of Communications, Brazil​
H.E. Dr. René Castro ​Minister for Environment, Energy and Telecommunications, Costa Rica ​
Mr. Orlando Ayala  ​Corporate Vice President, Chairman Emerging Markets, Microsoft​
​Ms. Leila Loria

​Executive Director for Institutional and Regulatory Affairs Telefonica, Brazil


Discover more about ITU's participation at Rio+20 here