Wednesday 21 February 2018

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledges internet for refugee camps

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg
A Syrian refugee boy cries as he is carried by his parents moments after arriving in an overcrowded dinghy at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from the Turkish coast
Smoke rises from burning rubbish as migrants queue for food at the makeshift camp called ‘The New Jungle’ in Calais, France
A Syrian refugee carries his child after they arrived from Turkey to the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos
A man holds a sign reading "Let's be Humans" as he waits along with other migrants and refugees to be boarded onto buses, close to Croatia's border with Serbia, in the town of Babska, Croatia (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
Migrants walk on a field, after they crossed the border with Serbia, near Tovarnik, Croatia September 24, 2015. European Union leaders could promise billions of euros in new funding for Syrian refugees at an emergency summit where they will also try to patch up bitter divisions over the migration crisis. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
A man holds a poignant sign as he waits with other migrants and refugees to be boarded on to buses in the town of Babska, Croatia, close to the border with Serbia (AP)
Migrants walk towards the Hungarian border after arriving at the train station in Botovo, Croatia REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Charlotte Krol

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg believes the site will help the international community implement a sweeping new sustainable development agenda.

Zuckerberg said Facebook is partnering with the UN agency for refugees to bring the Internet to refugee camps. "Connectivity will help refugees better access support from the aid community and maintain their links to families," he said.

Addressing the UN Private Sector Forum, he said wide Internet access "needs to be at the heart of the global development strategy" to address new challenges and needs of the new generation.

In the long term, Zuckerberg said, Facebook will help UN agencies develop tools to track progress toward implementing the development goals.

"Data can help us make smarter decisions but only if you can interpret it quickly and with confidence, so we want to help the UN make decisions that will advance our goals."

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