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UN Secretary-General's Message to the World Internet of Things Convention 2023


I am pleased to send my greetings to the World Internet of Things Convention.

In an interconnected world, your theme, "New Internet of Things, New Economy, and New Era," is a testament to the power of digital technologies.

The Internet of Things is reshaping industries and driving socio-economic changes around the globe. Through real-time data sharing and networking of information, IoT applications across transportation, agriculture, energy, and healthcare are improving quality of life and can advance the Sustainable Development Goals.

As we embed connected devices and Artificial Intelligence ever more deeply into our daily lives, the world needs governance frameworks that uphold human rights, security and privacy – and ensure a safer and more inclusive digital environment for all.

My recently launched Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence brings together governments, private companies, civil society and academia. Its recommendations will feed into the Global Digital Compact proposed for adoption by Heads of States at the Summit of the Future next September.

Only by working together can we ensure that frontier technologies like the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence serve humanity – bridging divides, uplifting lives, and leaving no one behind.

I wish you a productive convention. Together, let us harness innovation to shape a better tomorrow.