Minister Nsengimana Highlights Rwanda’s Commitment to Youth and ICTs at the United Nations SDG Innovation and Connectivity Event

Minister Jean Philbert Nsengimana of the Ministry of Youth and Information and Communication Technology of Rwanda participated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Event on Innovation and Connectivity hosted by the Office of the 71st President of the General Assembly.

New York, NY – 23 May 2017

On Wednesday, 17 May 2017, the United Nations Office of the President of the General Assembly held a Sustainable Development Goal Action Event on Innovation and Connectivity. The one-day event encompassed five sessions that brought together innovators, thought leaders, and technology companies alongside Member States to discuss ways emerging technologies can be leveraged to achieve the implementation of the SDGs.

In a packed room, PGA President, Peter Thomson, highlighted the importance of international cooperation and the 17 SDGs to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. His opening remarks were followed by United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, who was optimistic stating that innovators know no borders and that the international community must join hands to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Minister Nsengimana of Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and Information and Communication Technology participated in Session 2. The session was titled, “A New Era of Connected Problem Solvers” which focused on the following question “How can connectivity help unleash the innovativeness of the global population to solve pressing challenges in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals?” Moderated by Marcus Shingles, CEO XPrize Foundation, Minister Nsengimana was joined by three other panelists: Lara Stein, Founder of TEDx and Director at MIT ReACT; Kevin Lo, Senior Director for Infrastructure Connectivity, Facebook; and Chiyoko Osborne, Serial Entrepreneur and Chief Strategy Officer of Empact Collaboration Platform.

During the session, Minister Nsengimana shared that “Ensuring that people are connected is a priority.” He also talked about the major strides Rwanda is taking to achieve 95% 4G coverage within three years. He also stressed that the solution lies in leadership, creating a clear vision and a platform for young people to dream and innovate. The Minister also invited the audience to the Youth Conneckt Africa Summit happening in Kigali from 19-21 July of this year.

A video recording of this session and the entire SDG Innovation and Connectivity Action Event can be found at

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