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"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 therefore 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

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The UN Broadband Commission was established in 2010 as a top-level advocacy body to promote broadband as an accelerator of global development.  More than 50 members representing a  range of sectors including the global technology industry, government ministers, education and healthcare are coming​ together twice a year at the Annual Spring and Fall meetings to discuss how to advance efforts to connect the world's nearly four billion “other half".This year, over 60 participants from United Nations agencies, governments and the broadband industry, came together in New York City at the annual fall meeting of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, in parallel to the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Global Broadband Targets

 

 

 

 

 

 

During a special Session at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Broadband Commissioners and invited guests discussed collaboration opportunities and the Commission's launch of a New Set of 7 Targets aimed to connect the unconnected. Following the shift ​towards new UN development Agenda 2030 and new challenges of a digital world, the Commission re-evaluated and launched its new Targets which seek to expand broadband infrastructure, and Internet access and use by populations around the world, in support of achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations. 
 

 

State of Broadband

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The Broadband Commission's Annual State of Broadband flagship report includes the latest broadband access and affordability rankings for over 160 economies. This year's report was launched during a special session held in Durban, So​uth Africa at the ITU World​ Telecom event.  

Working Groups

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There is a number of the WG under the BroadBand Commission framework spanning different themes such as:  health, education, gender, etc. These groups issued different publications with a practical solutions and best practices in the area of ICTs for SDGs.

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