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GSR 2023

Connect 2030 – An agenda to connect all to a better world

Connect 2030 Agenda



Few organizations have as long a trajectory and as established an authority in the field of information technology development as ITU ─ and even fewer can boast such a broad and diverse public and private membership, with entities increasingly active in all sectors of the economy.

ITU and its membership are united in connecting the world.

To work towards this vision, the Union has a common strategy and accountability framework – 'Connect 2030.'

The 'Connect 2030 Agenda for Global Telecommunication/ICT Development' focuses on how technological advances will contribute to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

At the same time, 'Connect 2030' supports ITU's role in facilitating progress towards the implementation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Lines.

ITU's Connect 2030 Agenda (PP-18 Resolution 200, Rev. Dubai, 2018) is linked to the Strategic Plan of the Union for the period 2020-2023, ensuring that technology serves humanity and the planet.

The Agenda aims to achieve five bold goals:

    1. Growth
    2. Inclusiveness
    3. ​Sustainability
    4. Innovation
    5. Partnerships


Goal 1 – Growth: Enable and foster access to and increased use of telecommunications/ICT in support of the digital economy and society

Goal 1: GrowthRecognizing the role of telecommunications/ICTs as a key enabler for social, economic and environmentally sustainable development, ITU will work to enable and foster access to, and increase the use of, telecommunications/ICTs, foster the development of telecommunications/ICTs in the support of the digital economy and help developing countries make their transition to the digital economy. Growth in the use of telecommunications/ICTs has a positive impact on short- and long-term socio-economic development as well as on the growth of the digital economy towards building an inclusive information society. The Union is committed to working together and collaborating with all stakeholders in the telecommunication/ICT environment in order to achieve this goal.

Goal 2 – Inclusiveness: Bridge the digital divide and provide broadband access for all

Goal 2: inclusivess Being committed to ensuring that everyone without exception benefits from telecommunications/ICTs, ITU will work to bridge the digital divide for an inclusive information society and enable the provision of broadband access for all, leaving no one offline. Bridging the digital divide focuses on global telecommunication/ICT inclusiveness, fostering telecommunication/ICT access, accessibility, affordability and use in all countries and regions and for all peoples, including women and girls, youth and marginal and vulnerable populations, people from lower socio-economic groups, indigenous peoples, older persons and persons with disabilities.

Goal 3 – Sustainability: Manage emerging risks, challenges and opportunities resulting from the rapid growth of telecommunications/ICT

Goal 3: sustainability To promote the beneficial use of telecommunications/ICTs, ITU recognizes the need to manage emerging risks, challenges and opportunities from the rapid growth of telecommunications/ICTs. The Union focuses on enhancing the quality, reliability, sustainability and resilience of networks and systems as well as building confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/ICTs. Accordingly, the Union will work to make it possible to seize of opportunities presented by telecommunications/ICTs while working towards minimizing the negative impact of undesired collaterals.

Goal 4 – Innovation: Enable innovation in telecommunications/ICT in support of the digital transformation of society

Goal 4: Innovation The Union recognizes the crucial role of telecommunications/ICTs in the digital transformation of society. The Union seeks to contribute to the development of an environment that is conducive to innovation, where advances in new technologies become a key driver for the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Goal 5 – Partnership: Strengthen cooperation among the ITU membership and all other stakeholders in support of all ITU strategic goals

Goal 5: Partnership In order to facilitate the achievement of the above strategic goals, the Union recognizes the need to foster engagement and cooperation among governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental and international organizations, and the academic and technical communities. The Union also recognizes the need to contribute to the global partnership to strengthen the role of telecommunication/ICTs as means of implementation of the WSIS Action Lines and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Last update: May 2020