ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES

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 original 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. The 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.

With the adoption of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in September 2015, 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 Executive Secretary of EUTELSAT IGO, Piotr Dmochowski-Lipski, was named Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development in February 2018.

With more than half the world’s population unconnected and unable to benefit from key resources of the digital world, the Broadband Commission set seven new targets with the aim of “Connecting the Other Half” by 2025.

The Commission meets in plenary twice per year and held its last meeting on 23rd September 2018 in New York, parallel to the UN General Assembly. Its discussions focused on the critical role of broadband technology to connecting the 3.8 billion people around the globe who still do not have access to the Internet – the world’s “other half”. More than 60 participants also agreed that broadband can contribute significantly to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. For further information, please refer to the official press release.

The Broadband Secretariat coordinates publications based on contributions of Commissioners and produces each year a status report “The State of Broadband”. This important reference document is the only source of country by country data on broadband access throughout the world. This year’s report, The State of Broadband 2018: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development, was released just ahead of the Commission’s fall meeting.

For overall information regarding the work, commissioners and resources, please visit the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development website http://www.broadbandcommission.org.