The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Wednesday, May 18 • 16:30 - 17:30
Universal Birth Registration - Securing a Child's Digital Footprint LIMITED

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Day of panel to confirm - The UN Sustainable Development Goals recognize the 'great potential Information and Communication Technology holds to advance human progress' (paragraph 15). It sets targets for ICT deployment in Goal 4(Education), Goal 5 (Gender Equality) Goal 9 (Infrastructure - internet access for all) and Goal 17, as a Means of Implementation for all of the SDGs. However, target 16.9 - universal birth registration may be the most important use for the deployment of ICTs. 35% of all children born every day are unregistered and as a result there most basic human right is in peril - Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensures that everyone has the right to 'recognition as a person'. It can be argued that this is the most important 'gateway' human right, upon which all other rights depend.

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Gary Fowlie

Head, ITU Liason Office to the United Nations, International Telecommunications Union (ITU)
Gary Fowlie is the Head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Liaison Office to the United Nations. ITU is the specialized agency of the UN responsible for information and communication technology. Gary worked as an Account Director for the global technology practice... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30 EAT
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