High School General Assembly Second Committee B


Andrew Chang
United States

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Committee: General Assembly Second Committee B

Topic: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)

Country: Ireland

Delegate: Andrew James Chang, The Blake School

        Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are crucial to having universal sustainable development.  ICTs are beneficial to this global, contemporary society because of their ability to provide the world with more resources that can expand the education sector and improve global interconnectedness.  Additionally, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative believes ICTs will be able to reduce the global CO2 emissions by 20%.  The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, European Union (EU), Group of 77, and African Union have all published articles endorsing the benefits of ICTs, realizing their ability to advance the world.  The debates over ICTs are less about whether or not countries should implement them, but, rather, how they will be implemented. One of the major obstacles with ICTs is providing Least Developed Countries (LDCs) with adequate technologies so that they, too, can develop with the same opportunities to prosper that other Developed Countries (DCs) have, matching the goals outlined in the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further challenges include, but are not limited to, gender-based discrimination when it comes to accessing ICTs, lack of access to ICTs in rural settings, and cybersecurity.  If the issues at hand are ignored, inequalities and discriminations will overshadow the benefits of ICTs, and they will not be able to achieve a...