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Despite the great progress in deepening regional connectivity through information and communication technologies, Asia and the Pacific is still the most digitally divided region in the world, with less than eight per cent of the population connected to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. As a result, millions of people are shut out from transformative digital opportunities in education, health and financial services. Women and girls, in particular, have lower levels of access to broadband Internet and other knowledge-enhancing technologies. The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet for all people across Asia and the Pacific.

 

RailTel Corporation of India Ltd

RailTel Corporation of India Ltd., a Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Railways, Government of India was formed in year 2000 with specific purpose of upgradation of Telecommunication of Indian Railways. Exclusive right of way was granted to RailTel under an agreement between the two organisation. In return RailTel has to pay a percentage of revenue to Ministry of Railways. On the other hand RailTel is free to use surplus telecommunication infrastructure in telecom market in India. With this arrangement, RailTel is working successfully and is in profit for several years.

Guides on integrating gender into infrastructure development in Asia and the Pacific

Infrastructure underpins core economic activity and is an essential foundation for achieving inclusive and sustainable economic and social growth as it enhances access to services, education and work opportunities. Yet the world in which we live is fundamentally unequal. It is designed, built and maintained without considering the needs of all members of our society, including the most vulnerable. Gender-blind infrastructure often empowers men but impedes women and girls’ ability to contribute equally in society.

Interregional Capacity Development Workshop on Digital Government Implementation Toolkit for Sustainable Development (DIGIT4SD)

Interregional Capacity Development Workshop on Digital Government Implementation Toolkit for Sustainable Development (DIGIT4SD) will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, from 23 to 24 of July 2019. The workshop is jointly co-organized by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP).

HLPF 2019 Side Event on Fostering Digital Transformation and Global Partnerships for SDG Achievement

The United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF 2019) side event ‘Fostering digital transformation and global partnerships for SDG achievement’ was held on 11 July 2019 at the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation in New York. Saudi Arabia hosted the side event with the engagement of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, UN Group on the Information Society (UNGIS) and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) stakeholders.

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