WORLD tech giant Huawei says digital technology can be an indispensable tool for helping the United Nations achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Company vice president Catherine Chen added that technology could be an engine for human progress, and called on individuals and businesses to “think big and act small”, while reiterating her support of the SDGs and building a green, innovative and inclusive world.
She noted that it was essential that people reach agreement around technology, which held significant potential for achieving development goals.
“Large social changes tend to happen in lockstep with breakthroughs in science and technology. But today, technological advancements are hyped and politicized as has sometimes been the case with 5G.”
The Huawei vice president said this during her keynote speech at the Connected for Shared Prosperity Forum held in Shanghai recently.
Ms Chen also pointed out that while there was always the danger that a new technology could be abused, rules could be established to manage technological risks.
“Many people are already hard at work creating governance rules for cyber security, privacy protection, and trusted AI that will keep us safe. For the rest of us, it’s time to be confident and open to technological development.”
The vice president said technology was most effective when it created value for all, and that consensus could be built gradually so that technological advancement could continue.
“By focusing on the limited common understanding we have right now and what resources are actually available, we can drive progress step by step,” she said. “Huawei has always supported technological advancement. We believe digital tech benefits humanity, and can help the UN achieve its SDGs.”
Chen described how Huawei was already deploying digital solutions to empower people and meet UN development goals especially the goals of innovation, reduced inequality and quality education.