KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Dinesh Bhattarai met the Secretary General of International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré, on Friday in Geneva.
Issuing a statement from Geneva on Saturday, the Permanent Mission of Nepal informed that the meeting focused on how the ITU can assist the least developed countries in the areas of information and communication technology issues in the context of Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to be held in Istanbul Turkey early next year. Dr. Bhattarai is the co-ordinator of the LDCs group.
During the meeting, the ambassador apprised the ITU Secretary General about the ongoing preparations for the UN LDCs IV.
He drew the attention of the Secretary General to the need for affordable technologies, availability of ICT and broadband infrastructures in LDCs for accelerating the development process towards realising the MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals. He appreciated commitment of the ITU to the development of ICT through the involvement of young people and women, and use technology to improve education, health, skills and reduce poverty.
In response, the Mission said, the Secretary General thanked for the support of Nepal to him and the ITU.
Referring to his acceptance speech in which he had expressed his commitment to assist LDCs, LLDCs and SIDs, Dr. Touré termed the ICT as the highest job creating tool and assured that he would work with LDCs in his mission of connecting the world.