Annual Meeting: 16-17 September 2017, New York, USA
Following the practice of its annual meetings held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development will meet on 17th September in New York, during the 72nd session of the UNGA. The United Nations General Assembly session this year will put an emphasis on peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.
In this context, high-level Commissioners; from across a range of government and industry sectors, and Special Guests will address the important duty of supporting the development of new broadband technologies and connecting people, in particular those who remain unconnected, to the resources needed to improve their livelihoods, and driving transformation towards a more sustainable world, keeping in mind the global importance of bridging the digital divide.
MESSAGE TO THE BROADBAND COMMISSION FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS, MR. ANTONIO GUTERRES
New York, 17 September 2017
I am delighted that the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development is meeting in New York under the co-chairmanship of President Kagame of Rwanda and Mr. Carlos Slim.
The membership of this Commission offers an encouraging example of just the kind of multi-stakeholder partnerships we need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Technology is crucial in empowering people to participate in our digital future, and in helping governments to better serve people.
But we must also address significant concerns such as cybersecurity, human rights, privacy, as well as the digital divide, including its gender dimensions.
Broadband is a remarkable tool; now we must do more to ensure that all enjoy its benefits. Developing countries face the very real risk of being left behind. I look to this Commission to help ensure that broadband charts a course that includes all humankind, enhances human dignity and serves the global good.
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