The new edition of the UNOG-UNITAR Geneva Lecture Series, organized with the support of the International Telecommunication Union and the Series partners and featuring Carlos Slim, is entitled “How are new technologies impacting business and changing the world?” It will take place at the Palais des Nations, Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (Room XX) on 11 June, from 16.00 to 18.00. Mr. Carlos Slim’s lecture will be followed by an interactive debate with the public moderated by Darius Rochebin. The media partners of the initiative, Radio Télévision Suisse and Tribune de Genève, launch a call for questions on their respective websites. All those who would like to attend the debate and to have an opportunity to ask a question from the floor are invited to register online before 4 June. More information on the initiative and an online media platform as well as the registration process can be found respectively on www.unitar.org/gls, and www.unog.ch/gls. Those who cannot attend in person can follow a traditional live broadcast on www.un.org/webcast or watch a TV programme around the event on the TV channel of RTS. The event will also be connected to the UN Headquarters in New York via a videolink in Room 2.


A Mexican and a son of Lebanese immigrants, Carlos Slim Helú is widely known as a successful businessman and a prominent philanthropist. A self-made man, he managed to achieve success in the world of business through investments in a very diverse range of industries as reflected in the portfolio of the Carso Group. América Móvil, currently the leading supplier of telecommunication services (fixed line, mobile, Internet, and TV) to over 290 million subscribers in more than 18 countries in Latin America, is the most prominent example. Mr. Slim's interest for technology is long standing. He is committed to the activities aimed at the promotion of technologies for development and is currently co-chairing the joint ITU-UNESCO Broadband Commission for Digital Development. Mr. Slim's philanthropic activities and contribution to social and cultural development are as diverse as his business interests, and range from the promotion of arts to support in areas of education, health, employment generation and community development.