Microsoft and Unesco have teamed up to help increase access to information and communication technologies in developing countries.
At a formal ceremony in Paris, Unesco director general Koichiro Matsuura and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates outlined details of the agreement.
"We recognise the importance of harnessing ICT to help improve sustainable livelihoods in under-served communities," said Matsuura.
Gates added: "We are honoured to team with Unesco on this important initiative. Our shared goal is to help remove barriers to digital inclusion and enable people around the world to realise the full potential of technology through education and skills development programmes, community access and the preservation of cultural and language diversity.
"Technology is a crucial resource in today's world, but remains beyond the reach of millions of people. We hope to play a part in changing that."
Under the agreement, which followed six months of discussions between the parties, Microsoft and Unesco will focus on increasing the use of ICT through integration with teaching curricula and the creation of technology and learning centres.
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