The Connectivity Road to Sustainable Development E-booklet
"Connectivity Road to Sustainable Development" E-booklet summarises the outcomes of the first chapter of the Road to Addis Series.
Connectivity in the Least Developed Countries: Status report 2021
The Connectivity in Least Developed Countries: Status report 2021, produced by ITU and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), will be launched at the event. The report examines the root causes of the wide usage gap in LDCs and provides practical solutions to improve digital access, as well as concrete policy recommendations to help accelerate progress towards universal and affordable connectivity.
CONNECTIVITY ENABLERS OF CONNECTIVITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The SDGs sit at the heart of the international development agenda and are an urgent call for action by all countries and by all stakeholders. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of connectivity and why now more than ever connecting every person will help accelerate the global socio-economic recovery that must follow after the pandemic and ultimately help achieve the SDGs.
Under the theme: “Connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development”, the WTDC will be all about connectivity. The ITU has identified “6 enablers”, which will help accelerate connectivity for sustainable development and which will make up the core thematic content of the Road to Addis series:
Achieving the SDGs cannot be done in isolation. It requires a global partnership of multiple stakeholders. How can
partnerships be made more effective for advancing connectivity and achieving the SDGs?
is in itself a goal but it is also a powerful enabler. Minorities, disabled, and marginalized groups must be an active part of the discussions, especially when it comes to designing digital solutions that will impact theirs and everyone’s lives.
Addressing the SDGs requires significant investment and
financing. ITU estimates that US$ 428 billion are required to connect the remaining 3 billion people to the Internet by 2030. New effective and impactful ways for funds allocation and administration are needed.
What is the kind of
leadership need to achieve the SDGs by 2030? The Road to Addis will explore what leadership for development really means and present global examples where effective leaders and role models are making progress and having an impact.
is at the heart of ICT and so it must also be at the core of sustainable development. We require new approaches; we need to be creative, to be bold and to think outside the box. We want to engage with innovators and entrepreneurs. Learn from them. Get inspired!
We cannot solve these problems alone without the engagement, energy, passion, and leadership of our youth. This is why WTDC will be preceded by a youth summit and also why a major engine of the Road to Addis will be ITU’s recently launched Generation Connect, a generation of young people with a future… one click away.