Mr. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, has called on broadcasters and new media players to promote multiple languages in new media and ensure free access to the Internet and social media tools everywhere in order to bridge the digital divide.
In his video message to participants of the Asia Media Summit 2011 that opened today in Hanoi, Mr. Bank Ki-moon said Asia is well-placed to fulfill this task as the region is in the frontier of digital technology and new media.
More than 500 local and foreign delegates are attending the two-day Summit that has been supported by the United Nations, particularly UNESCO since its inception in 2004.
He cited the efforts of many civil society organizations in Asia to spread the UN values of democracy, human rights, peace and development. These are not abstract fundaments, he said: “ they are essential to make the most of the power of digital media to transform lives and societies for good.”
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