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​​​​​Broadband Commission Special Session at the World Economic Forum : 17 January 2017, Davos, Switzerland

Recognizing the increasing importance of internet access and adoption as an enabler to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and for all economies and societies to participate and benefit from the 4th Industrial Revolution, this special Joint Program co-hosted by the World Economic Forum and the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development at the Annual Meeting 2017 will bring together leaders from government, business, civil society, and academia with the following objectives: 

  1. Assess existing efforts and progress towards connecting the 3.9 billion people not on the Internet
  2. Discuss innovative approaches and solutions and how these can be scaled and replicated​ 

The Special Session was attended by Co-Chairs of the Broadband Commission: H. E. President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, ITU Secretary-General Mr Houlin Zhao, UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova, including other Commissioners including: Director General of GSMA Mr Mats Granryd, UNDP Administrator Ms Helen Clark, UN Women Executive Director Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Nokia President and CEO Mr Rajeev Suri, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal, Exe​cutive Director of America Movil, Dr Carlos Jarque. The Broadband Commission was pleased to host founder of the World Wide Web Foundation Sir Tim Berners-Lee as a special guest.

The discussion at the special session was built around four break-out groups:

  1. The first session moderated by Nokia President and CEO Mr Rajeev Suri focused on New Financing Models for ICT Connectivity Infrastructure.
  2. The discussion of the second session was dedicated to New Last Mile Business Models and moderated by Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal.
  3. The third session on New Country Partnership Models was moderated by Senior partner and Managing Director of BCG Mr Wolfgang Bock.
  4. Finally, the fourth breakout group on New Approaches to Ending the Digital Gender Divide, where the discussion was managed by Director General of GSMA Mr Mats Granryd​.​

All the break-out groups contributed to the overall topic of connecting 3.9 billion people to the Internet.


  Documents and Links


  • Download Discussion Paper:
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  • Press Release :

    Davos 2017: World leaders discuss fresh approaches to connecting the next billion- READ

  • Report of the High Level ICT Economic and Industry Expert Roundtable- READ


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