Action Line C1, C11: The Role of Private Sector in Mobilizing ICTs for SDGs


Session 303

09:00–10:45, Thursday, 15 June 2017 Room G1, ITU Varembé Interactive Action Line Facilitation Meeting

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Mobilizing the full potential of ICT for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a major challenge. There have been major advances in access to ICT.  Mobile broadband subscription increased to 41 percent of the population in the developing world at the end of 2016 from less than 1 percent in 2007. At the same time, the digital divide persists among countries and people. While people around the world make more than 4 billion Google searches every day, by end 2016, 3.9 billion people is not using the Internet. As of 2016, 44.9% of women and only 41.1 of households in developing countries have Internet access, with significant variations by country, as compared with more than 83.8% in developed countries.Bridging this digital divide and mobilizing ICT for realizing the SDGs will only be possible with the engagement of the private sector. The 2030 Agenda recognized the role of the private sector in realizing the SDGs overall. The need to engage the private sector in developing the Information Society was also recognized ten years earlier at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and reiterated by the General Assembly in December 2015.

As stated in a study by the Fletcher School of Tufts University, the biggest risk is if private sector finds SDGs too lofty and too much of a “UN initiative” or one best left to governments, and they may disengage. It requires imagination to make the link between sustainable business and sustainable development. Each CEO should imagine the world of 2030 with and without progress on the goals and consider what the differences would be for their respective companies. Two years have passed rather quickly, and the next 13 years will also go fast; as we have observed earlier, 2030 is really not that far away.

The objective of this meeting is to discuss the role of the private sector in mobilizing ICTs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The meeting will provide a platform for participants to exchange information and experiences; to identify priority areas for implementation within the Action Lines and to explore synergies among different stakeholders for more effective implementation.

Please scroll down to find the list of Speakers. 


Ms. Marion Barthelemy, Director, Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)


  • Ms. Reine Essobmadje, Co-founder, Digital Coalition, Cameron
  • Mr. Stephen Ibaraki, Managing Partner, REDDS, Canada
  • Ms. Dominique Lazanski, Public Policy Director, GSM Association, United Kingdom
  • Ms. Carolyn Nguyen, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft
  • Mr. Md Shahid Uddin Akbar, Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh Institute of ICT in Development

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C11 logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 1: No poverty logo Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger logo Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Gender equality logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation logo Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy logo Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduced inequalities logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities logo Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production logo Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 13: Climate action logo Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14: Life below water logo Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Goal 15: Life on land logo Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions logo Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development