The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was set-up in 2010 by the Secretary General of the ITU and the Director General of UNESCO. Its initial aim was to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and present broadband as potentially the most effective means to bridge the digital divide. With the adoption of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), the Commission was re-launched as the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development to showcase and document the power of ICT and broadband within the framework of the 2030 UN Development Agenda.
The Commission meets twice per year and EUTELSAT IGO participated in its last meeting held online on 23 March 2021. The Commissioners discussed how to leverage digital cooperation to build an inclusive post-COVID digital future for all. They noted that digital access and skills are essential to bring people, communities, businesses and classrooms online, and to ensure that everyone can benefit equally from digital opportunities and services.
In September 2020, on the occasion of its 10th Anniversary and the UN 75th Anniversary, the Commission also launched a Manifesto reaffirming its commitments to help achieve universal connectivity as the foundational element of an inclusive and sustainable world and to improve tomorrow’s world with Broadband. The Commissioners agreed to define a new norm where leaving no one behind means leaving no one offline.
State of Broadband Report
The Commission coordinates publications and produces inter alia an annual status report comprising contributions of Commissioners. The 2020 State of Broadband Report entitled “Tacking Digital Inequalities – A Decade for Action” that was issued at Commission’s last meeting, highlights stark disparities in access to highspeed internet and the need for affordable universal connectivity. The Report also lays out practical recommendations for “connecting the other half” of the world population by the end of the decade and urges world leaders and heads of industry to place broadband connectivity at the forefront of global recovery and sustainable development efforts. To download the report click here.
The Broadband Commission is composed of representatives from the global technology industry, ministers, experts in the fields of education and healthcare as well as representatives from international agencies and development organisations. The Executive Secretary Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski was invited and named Commissioner in February 2018. He is currently an active member of the Working Group on “Digital Learning” and of the Membership Committee.
The Executive Secretary was recently member of the Working Groups on “Freedom of Expression and Addressing Disinformation” and “School Connectivity” that published in September 2020 their final reports “Digital Learning” and “The Digital Transformation of Education:Connecting Schools,Empowering Learners”.
For overall information regarding the work, commissioners and resources, please visit the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development website http://www.broadbandcommission.org.