Accessibility to ICTs: Achieving Equitable Communications for Everyone
15 per cent of the world’s population lives with a disability. This represents about 1 billion people globally. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as mobile phones, satellites or the Internet, are a unique infrastructure that expand access to key public services, promoting digital inclusion. Throughout the world, persons living with disabilities are already benefitting from the advantages of ICT-enabled applications.Learn more
Affordable, Ubiquitous Broadband Networks
In the 21st century, affordable, ubiquitous broadband networks will be as critical to social and economic prosperity as networks like transport, water and power. Not only does broadband deliver benefits across every sector of society, but it also helps promote social and economic development, and will be key in helping us get the Millennium Development Goals back on track.Learn more
ICTs, Sustainability and Climate Change
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), such as satellites, mobile phones or the Internet, play a key role to address the major challenges related with climate change and sustainable development. ICTs are fundamental to monitor climate change, mitigate and adapt to its effects and assist in the transition towards a green economy.
ITU Cybersecurity Activities
A fundamental role of ITU, following the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the 2010 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, is to build confidence and security in the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). At WSIS, Heads of States and world leaders entrusted ITU to be the Facilitator of Action Line C5, "Building confidence and security in the use of ICTsLearn more
Connect the World
Connect the World aims to mobilize human, financial and technical resources for the implementation of the connectivity targets of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Regional Initiatives adopted by Member States at the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference. ITU and partners are organizing a series of regional Summits to mobilize resources and forge partnerships.
Telecommunications Saves Lives
Disasters disrupt national economies, severely weaken the poor and vulnerable and are recognized as major impediments to sustainable development and reduction of poverty especially in poor countries. The impact is even worse for those living in remote and isolated areas with no access to basic information and communication facilities that are essential to providing vital alerting information.
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and SME development
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a key role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner. They are often the source of innovative ICT-enabled solutions that make a long-lasting impact in global, regional and national economies, and are an important source of new jobs especially for youth. SMEs make up more than 95% of all businesses worldwide, and represent a path out of poverty for many developing countries.”
Internet Policy and Governance
ITU's Internet-related activities result from its role as mandated in various resolutions with regard to international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet and the management of critical Internet resources.
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls through ICTs
The information and communication technologies (ICTs) are tools through which gender equality and women's empowerment can be advanced, and are integral to the creation of societies in which both women and men can substantively contribute and participate.
Youth, Innovation and Academia
ITU's Youth Programme aims to support children and young people from developing countries and those in transition to improve their access, use and knowledge of information and communication technologies (ICTs).