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On Telecommunications and Information Society Day the challenge is to connect the whole world in 2030

In Brazil the use of digital payment systems is helping to develop new businesses, in Peru and Tanzania students from several villages have access to online classes, in Egypt the internet is used as an inclusion medium for the blind and partially sighted, in Cape Verde the applications provide COVID-19 health and pandemic combat information.

Here are just a few examples that show how telecommunications and the internet are contributing to sustainable development and the creation of a more connected and sustainable world, and projects are multiplying in many countries, some with similar contours. But there is still a long way to go before we can connect the entire planet, mainly because there remains a huge digital divide, with 3.6 billion people still offline, without access to online education, employment or critical health information.

The COVID-19 pandemic is being viewed as a digital accelerator, forcing many organizations to move ahead with digitization plans that were planned for the coming years, but it also shows how important it is to bring the benefits of the information society to a wider number of the population worldwide, as quickly as possible. The internet for many populations is the only way to access information, knowledge, and tools that can help transform their lives, as highlighted by a message from the International Telecommunications Union on the subject of this dayWorld of Telecommunications and Information Society, which marks the May 17th to celebrate the date of the foundation of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU, or ITU).

This year the chosen theme is "Connect 2030" and is linked to the United Nations' sustainable development agenda, as recalled by Antnio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, in a video message.

There are five defined goals to access a better world: Growth, Inclusion, Sustainability, Innovation, Partnerships, and all together contribute to the vision that the UN intends to achieve in the space of 10 years, where all people have access to the same tools information society, on equal terms.

The public health situation and crisis, with the COVID-19 apandemic that affects many countries, ended up limiting the extent of the celebrations, but the ITU will hold today an online event to discuss the main problems of the development of communications, which is marked for the 15h30 CEST, 16h30 in Portugal.