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Thematic workshop: ICT access and use in the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS – Opportunities for sustainable development and trade, Monday, 19 March 2018, 11:00 - 13:00, Room K1
The report on ICTs,
LDCs and the SDGs: Achieving universal and affordable Internet in the least
developed countries is available for download (pdf format). More >
The latest ITU data, including the ICT Facts and Figures, show strong growth in the LDCs, where close to one out of five people are using the Internet. More >
ICTs help the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developed countries (LLDCs), and small island developing states (SIDS), to address their specific development challenges. LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS face a number of connectivity barriers: many LDCs have large land areas and rural populations, and are sparsely populated, which makes the roll-out of terrestrial communication infrastructure more difficult. LLDCs lack direct access to the sea and many SIDS have numerous islands and often face high communication costs.
ITU has mainstreamed the needs of the world's most vulnerable countries in all its activities and programmes and develops tailored programmes of assistance in such areas as technology and network development, regulation, capacity building, and emergency telecommunications. It also provides concentrated assistance and helps LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS to fully participate in the information and knowledge society.
ITU works with many private and public stakeholders, including with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). Through its work, ITU also supports the LDCs in their graduation process.
As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, ITU assists LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS by implementing activities, programmes and projects to increase their capacity to participate fully in, and benefit from the opportunities of, the information society.
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