Through the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference Resolution 200 on ‘Connect 2020 Agenda for global telecommunication/ICT development’, ITU Member States committed to ensure the important role of ICTs as a key enabler and promotor to achieve the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and to acknowledge them as an important tool to achieve the overall SDGs. The SDGs seek to significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020. This global agenda to shape the future of the ICT sector sets out the shared vision, goals and targets that Member States have committed to achieve by 2020 in collaboration with all stakeholders across the ICT ecosystem.
The framework’s Goal 3 on “Sustainability: Manage challenges resulting from telecommunication/ICT development”, highlights how the unprecedented growth in the global use of ICT-enabled applications, along with great benefits, has also resulted in a number of challenges that may endanger efforts to sustain the development of the ICT sector. Reducing the risks of the digital revolution while enabling more children to take advantage of its unprecedented opportunities to communicate, connect, share, learn, access information and express their opinions is one of the challenges.