The world’s governments are meeting in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia this week to establish new global ground rules for investing in people, planet, and prosperity. The occasion is the UN’s major conference on financing for development (FFD) and a formal agreement will be published. Over coming days, pundits will parse the text and offer pronouncements […]
Forty years ago, Bill and his childhood friend Paul Allen bet that software and personal computers would change the way people around the world worked and played. This bet wasn’t exactly a wager. It was an opportunity to make computers personal and empower people through the magic of software. Some people thought they were nuts. […]
We see the Internet as a critical enabler for sustainable development. Our vision is that it can unlock human capabilities and we are committed to working with all stakeholders to fulfill the Internet’s development potential. To that end, next week in New York the United Nations will be convening an Expert Group Meeting on “Advancing […]
1.2 billion. That’s the number of people globally who live in extreme poverty, defined internationally as living on less than $1.25 a day. That’s one of every five people on the planet, lacking enough food to meet their basic physical and mental needs, and struggling to achieve human dignity. Despite significant progress in recent decades, […]
Mobile phones are helping revolutionize the way we protect communities from disasters. While more traditional measures, such as earthquake-resilient buildings and early warning broadcasts, will continue to be the hallmark of disaster risk reduction, innovations in technology are offering new ways to strengthen resilience. From simple SMS-style early warning messages to full touch-screen enabled ‘hazard […]
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