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Broadband Commission for Digital Development — first meeting
 
 
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The newly established Broadband Commission for Digital Development has emphasized the critical role of high-speed, always-on networks in future global development. Commissioners, who include top names from industry, United Nations agencies and civil society, met in a private session in Geneva on 11 July 2010 to define their vision for the accelerated deployment of broadband networks worldwide, with the aim of improving the delivery of services across social and business sectors, and accelerating progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The meeting was hosted by ITU and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Commission will present two reports on its outcomes to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 19 September 2010 at an official side-event of the UN MDG Summit in New York, which starts on 20 September. The first report will include a series of recommendations to serve as a global blueprint for rapid broadband development worldwide.

The second report will analyse the challenges and opportunities in deploying broadband in different types of economies. It will also look at the local needs, financing constraints and technical hurdles in areas where broadband is needed, and offer proposals on possible means of rolling out networks worldwide.

The Commission is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Helú, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Grupo Carso, who both attended the meeting. ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, serve as joint vice-chairs of the Commission. At the first meeting, Ms Bokova was represented by Jānis Kārkliņš, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.

A list of commissioners and their vision statements can be found at:
www.itu.int/bbcommission/commissioners.html

 

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