- Huawei and its global partners hosted a media roundtable at HAS2023
SHENZHEN, China, April 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- At a media roundtable held yesterday at Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2023, Huawei and its global partners shared the latest practices of TECH4ALL and discussed how digital technology enables a digital world more inclusive and sustainable.
During the session, several of Huawei's TECH4ALL global partners also updated the projects currently running around the world. A key message was that for each project, the powerful combination of technology and partnerships has been instrumental in driving positive results.
"All of our efforts in TECH4ALL initiatives have only been possible through the combination of technology and partnerships," said Jeffrey Zhou, Huawei's president of ICT marketing in his opening remarks at the roundtable.
Since the launch of the initiative in 2019, Huawei has worked closely with governments, customers, international organizations, research institutes, and NGOs to make the social value of digital technology as far-reaching as possible.
Promoting equity and quality in education
To drive inclusion and help build sustainable futures, TECH4ALL's educational projects have so far reached 220,000 beneficiaries around the world. Priority beneficiaries are remote and rural communities and underserved groups, including women and girls, unemployed youth, people with disabilities, the elderly, and K12 students and teachers.
During the panel discussion, YouChange China Social Entrepreneurs Foundation shared their vision and highlighted how technology-based support platforms empower beginning teachers in rural areas by providing online training to build their professional skills and confidence.
"The greatest development is the development of human beings. In the future, we would love to continue working with Huawei, improving rural education through technology," said Hui Ling, secretary general of YouChange China Social Entrepreneurs Foundation.
Conserving Nature with Technology
In the area of sustainability and nature conservation, TECH4ALL projects have helped conserve biodiversity efficiently and manage natural resources sustainably in 46 protected areas around the world, including 5 pilot projects under the of the Tech4Nature partnership established in 2020 between Huawei and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
“When we talk about biodiversity and area-based conservation, technology can really help us monitor and strengthen reporting on biodiversity, climate and area conservation targets,” said Khalid Pasha, Asia Coordinator, IUCN Asia Regional Office.
During the roundtable, TECH4ALL partner C Minds shared about the Tech4Nature project in Mexico. Launched in May 2022 with IUCN, C Minds and other local partners, the project is harnessing the power of AI and community-focused approaches to safeguard biodiversity in Dzilam State Reserve, including the endangered North American jaguar. .
"The use of technologies provides the ability to scale conservation actions to unprecedented levels and ensure shorter time frames, which we achieved in this case, that the results of years of manual labeling and data interpretation were achieved in less than 1 year of working together with technology and partnerships. It also provides the ability to create a transparent and measurable impact," said Regina Cervera Pacheco, C Minds project coordinator.
Use of ICT to promote rural development
ITU-D also attended the session to update on the Smart Village Pakistan project. Launched in January 2023, this project model accelerates the impact of multiple SDGs by increasing last-mile access and providing remote villages with access to a variety of digital services, including eHealth, e-education, and e-commerce with a view to improve quality of life and economic opportunities.
"Pakistan is ITU's first smart village program in Asia Pacific under the Smart Villages and Smart Islands initiative. We are very proud to partner with the Government of Pakistan and Huawei on this. These types of pilot projects also attract new partners, who they can bring about even bigger changes. I'd like to thank all those who have stepped in to make this a success," said Ashish Narayan, Program Coordinator at ITU's Asia-Pacific Regional Office.
With the TECH4ALL partners at the media roundtable clearly showing what can be achieved in practice by working together with common goals, Huawei looks forward to continuing to enable inclusivity and sustainability through innovative technologies and long-term partnerships.
About Huawei TECH4ALL
TECH4ALL is Huawei's long-term digital inclusion action plan and initiative. Enabled by innovative technologies and partnerships, TECH4ALL is designed to help promote inclusion and sustainability in the digital world.
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