Partner2Connect Annual Meeting

Popov Room, ITU HQ, Place des Nations 1211, Geneva, Switzerland

In-Person Meeting with a virtual component

Date and Time: Thursday, 8 December 09:30 – 17:30 CET


Webcast (archive)

Following a very successful year marked with very important Milestones including over 500 pledges and the mobilization of over US$28 billion for connectivity projects around the world, the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition is ready to present its achievements and report on progress at its very first Partner2Connect Annual Meeting. This in-person event will be held on 8 December from 09:30-17:30 CET at ITU’s Headquarters in Geneva (Popov Room – Place des Nations 1211, Geneva, Switzerland), and will engage high-level representatives and pledge makers from government, private sector, civil society, and other sectors.

Over the course of this one-day meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the progress on the implementation of pledges made through the Coalition, celebrate the announcement of new pledges and commitments, discuss the challenges and opportunities for connecting the unconnected at specific breakout sessions, as well as network and share experiences, which will further advance global digital transformation.

The program will also include the 9th Annual EQUALS in Tech Awards Ceremony, where we will celebrate those initiatives, projects, organizations, and institutions around the world that have displayed extraordinary commitment to reducing the digital gender divide.

Programme and Panellists


Click on the session of interest to learn more about the speakers and topics of conversation

All sessions will be webcasted and available for remote participants who completed their registration via this link. Remote participation gives the possibility to interact with other attendees via chat. The Breakout Discussions Session (14:00-15:30) will only be made available to view through Zoom or the webcast link, but audio will not be available. The link to the webcast will be made available on this webpage on the day of the event.

No interpretation available. All sessions of the P2C Annual Meeting will be in English only.

8:00Onsite Badging Opens
9:30 – 10:00Welcome Coffee
10:00 – 10:15Welcome Session
10:15 – 11:00Opening SessionPartner2Connect: Accelerating Connectivity for Sustainable Digital Transformation
11:00 – 11:45Reporting Session: Implementation of P2C Pledges
11:45 – 12:00P2C Partner Country Implementation: Spotlight on Cambodia
12:00 – 13:00EQUALS in Tech Awards Ceremony
13:00 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30Breakout Discussions by P2C Focus Areas
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:30Announcement of New P2C Pledges
16:30 – 16:45Closing Session
16:45 – 17:30Reception

P2C Annual Meeting Overview


Universal connectivity, digital transformation, digital inclusion, and digital cooperation are at the heart of the United Nations work. They are key priorities of the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and important foundations for outlining the Global Digital Compact‘s principles of an open, free and secure digital future for all. However, despite noticeable progress, billions of people remain offline, and hundreds of millions more still lack the connectivity required to tap into the transformative power of the Internet.

Recognizing this pressing need, ITU, in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and in close cooperation with the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology, and the United Nations Office of the High representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UNOHRLLS), launched in 2021 the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition (P2C) a multistakeholder alliance to mobilize, and announce new resources, partnerships, and commitments to achieve universal and meaningful connectivity.

Following a very successful year marked with very important Milestones including over 500 pledges and the mobilization of over US$28 billion for connectivity projects around the world, the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition is ready to present its achievements and report on progress at its very first Partner2Connect Annual Meeting. This in-person event will be held on 8 December from 09:30-17:30 CET at ITU’s Headquarters in Geneva (Popov Room – Place des Nations 1211, Geneva, Switzerland), and will engage high-level representatives and pledge makers from government, private sector, civil society, and other sectors. Over the course of this one-day meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the progress on the implementation of pledges made through the Coalition, celebrate the announcement of new pledges and commitments, discuss the challenges and opportunities for connecting the unconnected at specific breakout sessions, as well as network and share experiences, which will further advance global digital transformation.

The program will also include the 9th Annual EQUALS in Tech Awards Ceremony, where we will celebrate those initiatives, projects, organizations, and institutions around the world that have displayed extraordinary commitment to reducing the digital gender divide.

The Partner2Connect Annual Meeting is open to all participants to register.

Citizens of some countries are required to obtain a visa in order to enter Switzerland. Visa applications must be submitted to the Swiss consulate closest to their place of residence at least four (4) weeks prior to the planned travel date. Further information is available on this link: Swiss Confederation – State Secretariat for Migration.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Please be advised that for this event, there are sponsorship opportunities available. Sponsorship will be on a first come first served basis. If you are interested in sponsoring the networking breaks for this event, please contact bdtpartners@itu.int.