The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, has announced that technology company Hewlett Packard (HP) will be the exclusive worldwide technology partner for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which is taking place from 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg.
Addressing members of the media in Parliament, Minister Moosa said that at no expense to the United Nations or summit organisers, HP will be providing infrastructure technology, support, services and website solutions to integrate the Summit`s 39 venues and create a virtual environment for the dissemination of news and dialogue.
The Johannesburg Summit
will be the largest UN summit ever, with over 60 000 delegates expected to attend.
“The new HP is the only company with both the technological scope and social commitment to support this event,” said Minister Moosa. “Providing the necessary IT infrastructure for us to host and communicate a summit of this complexity and magnitude takes a dedicated partner.”
The Summit is the sequel to the 1992 Earth Summit, which developed a global plan of action for sustainable development. As a result of the Rio conference, over 2 500 recommendations for action were formed into Agenda 21, which became the platform for UN-supported debate.
“We are delighted to help advance the dialogue on sustainable development and provide the range of IT services and solutions necessary to successfully manage the technology challenges of the World Summit,” added Henry Ferreira, managing director of HP South Africa. “HP`s e-inclusion and emerging market solutions are closely aligned with the Summit`s goals of promoting environmentally and socially sustainable development and economic growth.”
HP South Africa will lead the Summit`s IT implementation, also integrating its global e-inclusion programme at the event.
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