Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is urging world leaders meeting in Peru to help the company get more people online.

The founder of the social network says in a speech to an Asian-Pacific Trade Summit that bringing the internet to more people will help reduce income inequality and raise living standards. He says about half the world now has no internet, either because they have no access to a network, can't afford it or don't appreciate the benefits.

He says connecting everyone will lead to "dramatic economic growth and lead to lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty."

Zuckerberg asked the leaders at the summit Saturday to work with companies like his to make the investments necessary to close the gap.