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Universal Broadband Connectivity


"Broadband networks offer perhaps the greatest opportunity we have ever had to make rapid and solid advances in global social and economic development – across all sectors, including healthcare, education, new job opportunities, transportation, agriculture, trade and government services. In the twenty-first century, broadband networks there​fore need to be considered as basic critical infrastructure, like roads, railways, water and power networks." 

Mr Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General​ 


The UN Broadband Commission

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development is a joint initiative of ITU and UNESCO, launched in 2010 to bridge the digital divide and bring the goal of universal broadband connectivity to the forefront of policy discussions. Comprised of high-powered community members, the Commission hosts CEOs and industry leaders, senior policymakers and government representatives, heads of international agencies, academia, and organizations concerned with regional and global development. Together, they advocate for the power of broadband to drive sustainable development and accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Universal Connectivity Manifesto

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The Universal Connectivity Manifesto calls on the global community to recognize digital connectivity as the foundational element of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Manifesto affirms the commitment of the Broadband Commission to mobilize efforts to achieve the 'Global Goal of Universal Connectivity' in support of the UN Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and other connectivity initiatives. ​

State of Broadband

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The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development's 2020 State of Broadband report includes a rallying call to world leaders and heads of industry to place universal broadband connectivity at the very forefront of global recovery and sustainable development efforts. The State of Broadband 2020: Tackling Digital Inequalities, A Decade for Action, highlights stark disparities in access to high-speed connectivity that have prevented billions of adults and children from benefiting from remote working, learning and communication. The report also takes stock of progress made in expanding access to and adoption of broadband infrastructure and services and achieving the Commission's seven 2025 advocacy targets.

Working Groups

Working Groups are at the heart of the work being done at the Broadband Commission. With more than 30 groups to date, the Broadband Commission's Working Groups convene industry leaders, government officials and civil society to address prominent issues affecting broadband access, affordability and use. Working Groups are proposed, chaired and led by Commissioners, with the support of external experts.  SDGs.

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