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Ericsson joins peace mission with Forest Whitaker

Company will provide ICT and services to schools in African nations

Ericsson joins peace mission with Forest Whitaker
Hans Vestberg, left, and Forest Whitaker take part in a panel discussion at the Social Good Summit in New York.

Ericsson today announced its commitment to join Oscar-winning actor, humanist and Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO, Forest Whitaker, in a new foundation whose mission it is to promote peace among youth everywhere, from troubled urban neighbourhoods in the US to rural conflict areas in Africa.

The announcement came at the Social Good Summit in New York.

The PeaceEarth Foundation fosters collaboration between public and private entities and will initiate a range of programmes in the US and around the world.

 "Ericsson's support for PeaceEarth will establish a truly connected programme in South Sudan and Uganda," said Whitaker. "The commitment will allow us to advance our shared goal to collectively move our world towards peace, one day at a time."

 Ericsson's role will firstly be to provide ICT solutions to schools in two locations, South Sudan and Uganda, in conjunction with global education initiative Connect To Learn. This will enable the PeaceEarth Foundation to establish access to the Internet and create a collaborative environment among the participating youth and further develop the education initiatives.

Also through Connect To Learn, Ericsson will provide on-site project management resources, Wi-Fi coverage, and basic ICT training for teachers and students on the use of the Ericsson cloud computing solution.

At the Social Good Summit in New York, a panel was held with Whitaker, Ericsson president and CEO Hans Vestberg and Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Ericsson's Vestberg said: "Our work with PeaceEarth Foundation is a natural extension of how we bring our competence to advocate for Technology for Good around the world. We know that our technology has a positive link to development, where 10% of increased broadband penetration leads to more than 1% sustainable growth in GDP. 

"You can't have positive social and economic development where people are suffering from conflicts or natural disasters. I hope that extending access to education will help enable the PeaceEarth Foundation to further its goals," Vestberg concluded.

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