ITU’s Member States will soon elect the Union’s top executives at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. ITU News is highlighting written interviews (Q&As) with the candidates for each of ITU’s top posts. Below is a statement submitted Brahima Sanou, candidate for ITU Deputy Secretary-General.
My vision and commitments
3 priority areas — 3 action lines — 3 core values
My VISION is for a stronger International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in the ICT ecosystem, and for ITU to play a stronger catalytic role in using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for sustainable development.
To achieve this vision, I commit to working with all the stakeholders on THREE priority areas.
The number of young people aged 10 to 24 years is estimated at 1.8 billion out of which close to 90% live in developing countries. ICTs should support the UN Youth Strategy “Youth2030” and create value for the youth in order for their economies to reap the benefit of the demographic dividend.
“My VISION is for a stronger International Telecommunication Union in the ICT ecosystem, and for ITU to play a stronger catalytic role in using information and communication technologies for sustainable development.”
The population over 60 is expected to reach 1.4 billion by 2030. We should work for ICTs to help them live as healthy and as independently as possible.
It is also estimated that some form of disability affects more than 1 billion people, 15% of the world population. ICTs should become a solution for them.
In the past 20 years, 1.3 million people have lost their lives and 4.4 billion were injured or left homeless as a result of climate‑related and geophysical disasters. Economic losses are estimated at US$ 2.908 trillion. Very recently, we witnessed the powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, destructive floods in Nigeria and a devastating hurricane in the United States. ICTs should become a life‑saver.
“We must promote the creation of jobs and prosperity by fostering an enabling environment for Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.”
Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) represent a significant portion of the world economy, contributing 35% of the world GDP and more than 50% of employment. We must promote the creation of jobs and prosperity by fostering an enabling environment for Micro, Small and Medium‑sized Enterprises (MSMEs).
To make sure that we achieve tangible results in these three priority areas, I commit on THREE action lines.
As Deputy Secretary‑General of ITU,
“Broadband access, security and affordability should continue to be at the top of our priorities for the digital economy to become a reality for all.”
My actions will be grounded on THREE core values which are very dear to me and which form the bedrock of my daily life and activities.
I am committed to making a difference and would be honored to be given the opportunity.