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Vatican links access to communications technology to fairer globalisation


Free access to the new communications technology will be decisive for a fairer process of globalisation, according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Vatican's permanent observer at the United Nations in Geneva.

Martin was addressing the first session of the Preparatory Committee of the World Summit on the Information Society. Eight hundred delegates from 133 countries attended the session.

The World Summit on the Information Society, the first phase of which will be held in Geneva in December, proposes to harmonise, at the world level, the great possibilities for human development brought by the new communications technology.

"In the social and economic realities of our contemporary world, access to knowledge is a key to an accelerated path to development," Archbishop Martin said during his address, published today by the Vatican Press Office. "The World Summit on the Information Society is called to consolidate a vital column of the global development architecture."

"Communications technology has enabled the globalisation process to proceed with rapidity," he said. "We must now ensure that it also enables the globalization process to proceed with equity. Communications technology must be managed to play a central role in ensuring that globalisation leads to genuine integration and inclusion."

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5 Jul 2002