Internet for refugees - level 3

Internet for refugees - level 3

01-10-2015 15:00

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to help bring the Internet to UN refugee camps today. He spoke at the United Nations Private Sector Forum. He joined U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U2 frontman Bono in addressing the crowd. The forum, part of the Global Compact initiative, focuses on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Zuckerberg said that Internet connectivity was a human right.

“Today, I am pleased to announce that Facebook is partnering with the One Campaign, other organisations, leaders and public figures all over the world, to launch a global campaign to support a connectivity declaration. The declaration recognises Internet access as an important enabler of human rights."

He also said his company would be partnering with the UN to support the millions of refugees escaping war and poverty and gain online connectivity.

"We'll be working with UNHCR to bring the Internet to refugee camps. Connectivity will help refugees better access support from the aid community and maintain their links to family and loved ones, and Facebook is in a unique position to help maintain this life-line.”

Mr Zuckerberg says that Facebook has nearly achieved a billion users in a single day for the first time last month. He has predicted that the site's reach will continue to grow.

Difficult words: announce (to say something officially), initiative (a plan to do something), implement (to make changes), sustainable (able to continue for a long time), development (growth), declaration (an important official statement), UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).

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