Zuckerberg provided limited details about the plan, which will be in partnership with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the world body’s refugee agency. He made the announcement Saturday at the U.N. Private Sector Forum at U.N. headquarters in New York.
“Connectivity will help refugees better access support from the aid community and maintain their links to family and loved ones,” Zuckerberg said. “And Facebook is in a unique position to help maintain this lifeline.”
The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of persecution, violence or human rights violations has surpassed 50 million — a first since World War II. Millions of those people are temporarily staying in more than 100 U.N. refugee camps.
The number of refugees continues to rise, in part due to the conflict in Syria that makes life there a daily threat. About 4 million people have fled Syria into neighboring countries in what the U.N. says is the largest refugee crisis in a quarter-century. Millions more have been displaced within the country.
Facebook will help provide Internet access to United Nations refugee camps around the world, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of the social media giant, said over the weekend.