Geneva, Switzerland

18 December 2017

Secretary-General's video message for Internet Governance Forum

The Internet, and new technologies in general, have an immense role to play in helping us address global sustainable development challenges.
 
But there is a growing danger that the Internet can be used for polarization, division and criminal activity.
 
We must ensure that it serves to improve the human condition.
 
That means bridging digital divides based on locality, means and gender.
 
And it means establishing governance that supports innovation while respecting human rights and protecting society.
 
I wish you a successful Forum.
 
The United Nations looks forward to working with all of you to realize the vast promise of the Internet for a better world for all.