During the UN meeting on Friday, Sept 25, the UN members have agreed on adopting 17 development goals designed to end poverty and hunger. It was also hoped that the goals will help reduce inequality among people in the next 15 years. The next day, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced that his company will assist the UN in bringing connectivity to refugee camps and asked everyone to support universal Internet access.
Zuckerberg stated that "achieving universal Internet access" is one of the challenges that have been addressed by the United Nations. Governments and companies have agreed to work towards the Global Goals by 2020. "I announced a global call to action in partnership with ONE and supported by many leaders and organizations." said Zuckerberg with the hope to encourage everyone to support the campaign. He explained further that connectivity is one of the basic challenges and over 4 billion people don't have a voice online. He asked everyone to share the message to call for universal internet access to be one of the global priorities.
Facebook will soon help UN agencies in developing programs and tools that can help monitor the progress of the implementation of the Global Goals. Zuckerberg plans to help the UN in developing decisions that can hasten the implementation and advancement of their goals.
Facebook's partnership with the UN is part of its plan to eradicate poverty and world leaders have committed to help with this mission, including the improvement of access to resources as the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Aaccording to the UN initiative, "“By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of 13 property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.” However, Zuckerberg is more ambitious wanting to bring Internet to everybody in the world with the help of Microsoft's Bill Gates and other tech leaders in a few years time.