I have the honour of delivering this explanation of position on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The Member States of the European Union joined the consensus on resolution A/C.2/68/L.73 entitled “Information and communications technologies for development”.
The European Union and its Member States remain strongly committed to information and communications technologies for development. We attach great importance to fundamental aim of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS): using technology to improve peoples’ lives and to bridge the digital divide. The Tunis Agenda recognised the growing role of ICTs “not only as a medium of communication, but also as a development enabler, and as a tool for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals and objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals”. We encourage use of the WSIS action lines for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, as stated in the resolution.
We support the role of the General Assembly in the overall review of those action lines, and welcome the multiple, international multi-stakeholder events that have already taken place as part of the WSIS+10 Review, or are already planned for the future, and which constitute inputs to the General Assembly, through the Commission on Science and Technology for Development as the focal point of the review.
We believe that this important review can and should be conducted as efficiently and effectively as possible, with a view to ensuring that we achieve the fundamental aim of WSIS as part of the post-2015 Development Agenda, and without the need for a Summit or preparatory process.
Thank you, Mr Chairman.