Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg joined Microsoft founder Bill Gates and several celebrities to announce plans to bring internet connections to UN refugee camps.
Zuckerberg made the declaration at a UN forum in New York, championing internet connectivity as a way to help refuges keep in touch with their families and get access to aid.
Facebook will work with the One Campaign, a international non-profit organisation aimed at fighting poverty and preventable problems across the globe, to achieve the goal.
"We need to work together to make connecting the world a priority for everyone, from governments and industry to civil society," he said.
"Today I'm pleased to announce that Facebook is partnering with the One Campaign and leaders and public figures all over the world to launch a global campaign to support a global connectivity declaration. The declaration recognises internet access is an important enabler of human rights."
Facebook will also partner with the UN high commissioner for refugees in the short term to bring the internet to refugee camps.
"Connectivity will help refuges better access support from the aid community and maintain their links to family and loved ones," said Zuckerberg.
The Connect The World campaign also aims to bring internet access to everyone by 2020. Signatories include Richard Branson, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales and actress Charlize Theron.
Zuckerberg also cited internet access as a means of helping humanity as a whole, saying in a blog post: "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.
"We also know that the internet is a vital enabler of jobs, growth and opportunity. And research tells us that for every 10 people connected to the internet, about one is lifted out of poverty."
Zuckerberg's goal is ambitious, given that some four billion people are still without internet access. But Facebook has a user base of around 1.5 billion people, so the firm is certainly in a position to discuss bringing the internet to over half the world's population currently without access.
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