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Section XVII: U.N. Response to SWANSAT


On a non-administrative level at the United Nations, response to SWANsat and our Shareware Telecommunications™ model by many individuals has been overwhelmingly positive. After all, who could object to delivering broadband ICT via telecommunications satellites for about USD$2.00 per month to the bottom of the world's economic pyramid?

The surprising answer to that question is that during his administration, Secretary-General Kofi Annan opposed SWANsat—by sheer force of bureaucracy. Because he was the final and most important administrative portal of approval by the U.N., we wrote to Dr. Annan on 26 April 2006 and described SWANsat and our Shareware Telecommunications™ model in a succinct two page letter—a letter that makes more than a dozen references to his own speeches—that demonstrated how SWANsat and our Shareware Telecommunications™ model meets UN Millennium Development Goals and ECOSOC Ministerial Declaration objectives.

Click here to download our letter to Dr. Annan in PDF format.

We received a response from Dr. Annan's office on 15 May 2006, more than a week after the date we had asked to meet with him.

Click here to download Secretary-General Annan's response letter in PDF format.

This document is a short, succinct, and blunt form letter rejection of SWANsat. Why did Dr. Annan and/or his staff rebuff the SWANsat project? Because, as the letter proclaims very clearly:

...the United Nations does not endorse or offer opinions on materials or projects generated outside the Organization.

With all due respect, that statement is wrong. It stands in violation of Resolution 60/99 adopted by the UN General Assembly on 6 January 2006, nearly five months before we wrote to Dr. Annan! Section 31 of the Resolution states that, on the subject of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, the General Assembly

31. Reiterates that the benefits of space technology and its applications should be prominently brought to the attention, in particular, of the major United Nations conferences and summits for economic, social and cultural development and related fields and that the use of space technology should be promoted toward achieving the objectives of those conferences and summits and for implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration. (Resolution, page 6, §31)

By our letter dated 26 April 2006, we "prominently brought to the attention" of Dr. Annan our SWANsat  Project, which is fully capable of "implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration". Furthermore, Dr. Annan's official response from the United Nations Department of Public Information's Public Inquiries Team also noted that

demands of his official duties as Secretary-General of the United Nations leave no time for Mr. Annan to meet

with SWANsat personnel.

Click here to download the above two files in one concatenated PDF file.

In accordance with the Secretary General's response—or, more accurately, the man's lack of response—we will make SWANsat a successful project without support from the United Nations. After Dr. Annan left the United Nations at the conclusion of his term in December 2006, we decided to try one last time by writing to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on 22 March 2007.

Download our letter of 22 March 2007 to Ban Ki-Moon in PDF format.

Will the new Secretary-General be willing to discuss this subject with us? We'll let you know what we find out.... In the meantime, on 9 May 2007, we received a reply from the office of Sarbuland Khan, Executive Coordinator of the office of the Secretariat for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Mr. Khan's letter was responsive to our inquiry of 22 March. In the letter, Mr. Khan indicates a willingness to meet together in New York and "find avenues of potential collaboration between us."

Download a PDF copy of Mr. Khan's response fax letter.

The letter was dated 24 April 2007, but faxed during the early afternoon (New York time) on 9 May, only about a day before Mr. Khan was due back from the trip that is noted in the letter. Our return address on the letter is incorrectly typed. Perhaps this error caused the delay, since we never received the letter via US mail.


Response at the United Nations to SWANsat and our Shareware Telecommunications™ model by many individuals has been positive. After all, who could object to delivering broadband ICT via telecommunications satellites for about EUR€1.00 per month to the bottom of the world's economic pyramid? While there was initial disinterest expressed in May 2006 by the office of then Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the administration of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed far more enthusiasm for SWANsat. This change in attitude may have come about because of the adoption by the General Assembly of Resolution 60/99 on 6 January 2006, nearly five months before we wrote to Dr. Annan. Section 31 of the Resolution states that, on the subject of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, the General Assembly

31. Reiterates that the benefits of space technology and its applications should be prominently brought to the attention, in particular, of the major United Nations conferences and summits for economic, social and cultural development and related fields and that the use of space technology should be promoted toward achieving the objectives of those conferences and summits and for implementing the United Nations Millennium Declaration. (Resolution, page 6, §31)

On 22 March 2007, we wrote to Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon:

Download our letter of 22 March 2007 to Ban Ki-Moon in PDF format.

On 9 May 2007, we received a delayed reply fax to our letter to Secretary Ban Ki-Moon. Dated 24 April 2007, it was sent from the office of Sarbuland Khan, Executive Coordinator of the office of the Secretariat for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. Mr. Khan heads the UN office that is tasked with oversight of all activities relating to international development of Information and Communications Technology. In his letter, Mr. Khan indicated a desire to meet together in New York and "find avenues of potential collaboration between us."

Download a PDF copy of Mr. Khan's response fax letter.

After conferring with Mr. Khan's office, on 11 May 2007 we responded to Mr. Khan's invitation, confirming via a letter from us that a meeting had been scheduled for 10:00am on Friday, 1 June 2007 at Mr. Khan's office in the United Nations building in New York. We met with Mr. Khan and two staff members on that date.

Download our letter of 11 May 2007 to Mr. Khan's office.

Download our letter of 14 May to Mr. Khan confirming our meeting of 1 June.

Download our supplemental background material sent to Mr. Khan.

Download our "Avenues of Collaboration" letter of 1 June 2007.

Download our PowerPoint presentation for the 1 June 2007 Briefing .

Download PDF version of our PowerPoint presentation.

Download PDF version of our PowerPoint presentation with notes.

 
 

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