Cooperation in Action to Improve People's Lives

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

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Session 243

14:30–16:15, Thursday, 11 April 2019 Room H1, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development was founded in 2010 by the The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to prioritize broadband as a key accelerator in attaining national and international development targets. The Broadband Commission was re-launched in 2015, infused with the principle of the 2030 Agenda to leave no one behind. It recognized the digital divide as a divide beyond the technological, but also highlighted the gap in access to broadband networks and new technologies as a significant contributor to persistent and widening disparities across economies and societies. Its efforts therefore rests fundamentally on the principle that to achieve the future envisioned in the 2030 Agenda, even progress in the digital technology sphere must be ensured.

Conceived as a multi-disciplinary entity designed to represent, reflect and promote the transformational impact of broadband technologies across the entire spectrum of human endeavor, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has long championed the breaking down of silos in digital development. The commission is composed of over 50 Commissioners, including a select group of top CEOs and industry leaders, senior policy-makers and government representatives, international agencies, academia and organizations concerned with development who offer diverse perspectives on why broadband matters to drive its deployment around the world and shape the global agenda. Through its diverse, cross-sectorial membership and many specialized Working Groups, the Commission has made valuable research contributions in areas from digital health, digital education and digital entrepreneurship, to issues such as the gender digital divide and digital inclusion for marginalized countries and communities.

The Broadband Commission’s special session at WSIS will delve into the insights of the multi-stakeholder partnership from the perspective of Commissioners. As the Broadband Commission moves closer to its 10 year anniversary, this session will take a moment to look back at the outcomes and impact of the partnership. Through the transition of MDGs to SDGs, the launch of two sets of Targets, and the numerous reports and recommendations from Working Groups, Commissioners will share their personal experience of being part of this partnership: What does this partnership mean to them? How do they advocate for the attainment of Targets? What will be required of this partnership to attain 100% connectivity?

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Moderator

Ms. Nancy Sundberg, Senior Program Officer, IEE/RME, Telecommunications Development Bureau, ITU


Speakers/Panellists

  • Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation
  • Mr. Bocar Ba, CEO of Samena Telecommunications Council
  • Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU & Broadband Commission Coordinator
  • Mr.  Marcin Cichy, President of the Office of Electronic Communications, Poland

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • C2. Information and communication infrastructure logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • C3. Access to information and knowledge logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • C6. Enabling environment logo C6. Enabling environment
  • C7. ICT Applications: E-health logo C7. ICT Applications: E-health
  • C11. International and regional cooperation logo C11. International and regional cooperation

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all logo Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls logo Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all logo Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries logo Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development logo Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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