“When communities are connected, we can lift them out of poverty,” he said. “We can and must do more.”
Zuckerberg’s U.S. partnership is part of the U.N.’s effort to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030 a goal that was set Friday. However, the goal to expand Internet access isn’t new for Zuckerberg. In August 2013, he launched Internet.org, with the mission of connecting the 5 billion people without internet access.
“We have a simple message,” Zuckerberg wrote. “By giving people access to the tools, knowledge and opportunities of the Internet, we can give a voice to the voiceless and power to the powerless.”
The Facebook CEO was scheduled to give two speeches at the United Nations on Saturday. His speeches were directed to the U.N.’s sustainable development conference and private sector forum during its 70th annual General Assembly.