U.N.: Linked world good for green world

April 3, 2012 at 6:45 AM

GENEVA, Switzerland, April 3 (UPI) -- Making Internet connections between regulatory bodies and various economic sectors denser can help a low-carbon economy, a U.N. report said.

The U.N. backed Broadband Commission Working Group on Climate Change, in a 52-page report, concluded that the use of broadband in information and communication technology could help advance a low-carbon economy.

Hamadoun Toure, secretary-general of the U.N. International Telecommunication Union, said the digital technology can help turn political will into action.

"Addressing climate change implies completely transforming our way of life, the way we work, the way we travel, shifting our model of development to a fairer, more sustainable model to ensure our survival," he said in a statement.

The recommendations outlined in the U.N.-backed report include aligning information and communication technology strategies across a variety of economic sectors and government agencies. The global community, the report said, should tie decision-making to climate and digital goals.

"Broadband is the gateway to the networked economy," the report read.

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