BANGKOK, September 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On Day 1 of HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 yesterday, Huawei, its partners and representatives of public and private organizations held a session exploring how technology is vital to building a sustainable and inclusive world envisioned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ), with case studies and analysis focusing on Asia and the Pacific region.
As one of the most populous and diverse regions in the world, Asia and the Pacific also expected to be the fastest growing economy in the world, with COVID-19 accelerating digital transformation in Asia-Pacific region faster than the world average.
“More and more governments and organizations are beginning to recognize the enabling role of technology in accelerating the achievement of the SDGs,” said Geoffrey Zhou, President of Huawei ICT Marketing. “According to Huawei’s vision and mission, we launched TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative in 2019 and with programs and projects of global partners continuing in various countries.”
Zhou was followed by an opening statement from Richard MahoneyGlobal Vice President of Informa Tech, who shared how the traditional method of maintaining sustainability is not working and that technology-based solutions are now needed as an accelerator.
The UNESCO speaker then reviewed the objectives of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and approaches to achieving them towards the 2030 target. it will not be realized without the private sector,” said Mohammad Jelid, director of the UNESCO office in Jakarta, Indonesia. “We all have a role to play in achieving the ambitious but necessary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
Digital inclusion was a key area discussed during the session. While the digital divide is gradually narrowing, the ITU recently reported that 2.7 billion people in the world still remain offline. Due to a lack of network connectivity, digital skills, affordable devices, or a combination of these factors, too many people continue to lack access to the digital tools needed in today’s increasingly digital world. “No one should be left offline,” said Atsuko OkudaDirector of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific Ocean. “Digital and ICT developments can accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.”
Huawei’ David LuPresident of the Asia-Pacific Strategy and Marketing Department, presented the latest advances and the role of ICT in TECH4ALL projects globally and especially in Asia and the Pacificincluding the digital bus in Thailand, which brings connectivity and digital skills to rural children; the Digital Village program in Indonesia, which provides affordable connectivity to rural communities through the RuralStar solution; and the introduction of 5G-powered telehealth for rural communities and information access solutions for the elderly in Thailand. Mr. Lu mentioned that through cooperation between technology companies and global organizations, the future for Asia and the Pacific will be bright and sustainable, achieving the goal of leaving no one behind.
Another key topic of the session was how technology can drive conservation. Sean TanVP of leading green energy solutions provider, Sunseap, shared how the Singaporean company expects to offset 4,000 tons of CO2 per year with its innovative floating solar farm. The solution, which uses Huawei’s smart PV solution, is deployed offshore Singapore.
Continuing the theme of environmental protection, of Malaysia Sarawak Forestry Corporation has launched the first pilot project with Huawei’s TECH4ALL, in collaboration with Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Forest Department Sarawak and Rainforest Connection, designed to protect one of the world’s oldest rainforests at 140 million years old, Sarawak rain forests.
Huawei is implementing more than 45 TECH4ALL projects with more than 40 global partners, focusing on equitable and quality education, protecting nature with technology, developing inclusive healthcare, and achieving balanced development.
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