BANGKOK, September 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — On Day 1 of HUAWEI CONNECT 2022 yesterday, Huawei, its partners and representatives from public and private organizations held a session exploring how technology is vital to building a sustainable and inclusive world envisioned by the Goals Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with case studies and analysis focusing on Asia Pacific region.
As one of the most populous and diverse regions in the world, Asia Pacific it is also set to be the fastest growing economy in the entire world, with COVID-19 accelerating digital transformation in Asia-Pacific faster than the global average.
“More and more governments and organizations are beginning to recognize the enabling role of technology in accelerating the achievement of SDG targets,” he said. Jeffrey Zhou, President of Huawei ICT marketing. “Under the vision and mission of Huawei, we launched the TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative in 2019 and with global partner programs and projects underway in various countries.”
Zhou followed an opening statement from Richard MahonyGlobal 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 gave an overview of the 17 SDG goals and the approaches to achieving them by the set target of 2030. “While it is fundamentally up to governments to implement the SDG agenda, the simple fact is that it will not happen without the private sector,” said Mohamad Djelid, Director of the UNESCO Office 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 shrinking, 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 remain unable to access the digital tools necessary in today’s increasingly digital world. “No one should be left offline,” he said Atsuko OkudaDirector of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. “Digital technology and ICT development can accelerate the achievement of the SDGs.”
Huawei’ David LuPresident of the Asia Pacific Strategy & Marketing Department, presented the latest progress and role of ICT in TECH4ALL projects worldwide, and especially in Asia Pacificincluding Digital Bus in Thailand, which brings connectivity and digital skills to rural children. the Digital Village program at Indonesia, which provides affordable connectivity to rural communities through the RuralStar solution. and the introduction of 5G remote healthcare for rural communities and information accessibility solutions for the elderly in Thailand. Mr. Lu mentioned, that through the collaboration between technology companies and global organizations, the future for Asia Pacific it will be bright and sustainable, achieving the goal of leaving no one behind.
Another key topic of the session covered how technology can enhance nature conservation. Sean TanVP of leading green energy solutions provider, Sunseap, shared how the Singapore company expects to offset 4,000 tons of CO2 annually with its innovative floating solar park. The solution, which uses Huawei’s smart PV solution, has been 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 oldest rainforests in the world, 140 million years old. Sarawak tropical forests.
Huawei is running more than 45 TECH4ALL projects with more than 40 global partners, focusing on equitable and quality education, conserving nature with technology, developing inclusive healthcare, and achieving balanced development.
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