|Catherine Chen, senior vice president and director of the board at Huawei / Courtesy of Huawei|
By Baek Byung-yeul
Huawei has showed its support for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and building a green, innovative and inclusive world as the tech company believes technology can work as an engine for human progress.
On Feb. 22, government ministers from multiple countries took part in the Shared Prosperity forum, hosted by Huawei, GSMA, the Center for Environmental Economic Studies at Fudan University, and The Paper with the support of UNESCO.
At the lead-up event to MWC Shanghai 2021, which will be held from Tuesday to Thursday, Catherine Chen, senior vice president and director of the board at Huawei, delivered a keynote speech.
The senior vice president said Huawei's belief that the ultimate goal of technology is to benefit all people, and the digital technologies can facilitate the UN SDGs.
She also called on enterprises to take firm action to use technology to create more value for the world as a whole.
To let technology bring positive changes to us, she said "we must do two things to fully unleash the power of technology and drive sustainable development" and take "resolute action to make technology truly effective and create value for all."
"Our first challenge will be to reach an honest consensus on whether technology is an engine of human progress.
"I recently read a report, which said that any important digital platform that is dominated by China will be highly dangerous to the U.S. if not effectively contained and that 5G was one such platform. 5G is a standardized technology defined by its high bandwidth, low latency and broad connectivity. It helps traditional industries transform and can benefit all. Wide-scale 5G deployment can already be seen in multiple industries around the world. Everyday consumers are benefiting from 5G experiences, while industrial use in seaports, mines and the transportation sector is increasing operational efficiency. Is this a bad thing? I don't think so," she said.
"If we claim that technology is critically important but its development is ideologically wrong, this will only result in division, confusion, and regression. We must reach a global consensus on this issue and believe in the power of technology to leverage it for the benefit of society," the senior vice president added.
Huawei has long been an advocate of technological advancement. The company said its solar panel products are being widely used in over 60 countries to reduce carbon emissions by 148 million tons.