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ICTs for a Sustainable World #ICT4SDG

Goal 9. Infrastructure, Industrialization, Innovation

ICTs for a Sustainable World


Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

ITU is poised to play a key role helping to achieve SDG 9. including. Goal 9c to “significantly increase access to ICT and strive to provide universal and affordable access to Internet in the LDCs (least-developed countries) by 2020”.

Without the digital infrastructure that powers our wireless world and forms the backbone of our digital economy, the world would not be able to deliver the ICT applications that  enable scalable solutions to the SDGs.. ITU believes broadband must be considered essential infrastructure for the 21st-century due to its capacity to power industry and innovation. And ITU’s role in the adopt­ing of globally harmonized spectrum and standards is essential to facilitate the development of transformative digital infrastructure, such as 5G systems, that will drive scalable solutions to all 17 SDGs..

 By end 2016, 47% of the world's population is using the Internet. In the world's least-developed countries, more  than 80% of the population still has no access to the Internet.​

Source: ICT Facts and Figures 2016

Find out more about our Special SDG9 Session which took place at WSIS here.    

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Sound Bite

"There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and this is the most important problem we can focus on."

Mark Zuckerberg
Chairman & CEO, Facebook