Celebrating 10 Years of The Broadband Commission
|Launched in 2010, the Broadband Commission's relevance and importance in driving global sustainable development has never been so crucial. With just ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Commission is embarking on a last urgent push to leverage the power of digital to meet the 2030 Agenda and “connect the other half" of the world's population through broadband.|
Throughout the years, Commissioners have tackled a wide range of pressing issues, from digital health and education, to child online safety, digital entrepreneurship, the digital gender divide, the special needs of vulnerable countries, and more. The Commission's seven Broadband Targets have become widely adopted international connectivity benchmarks, and the Commission continues to make important international recommendations through its annual flagship report,
The State of Broadband.
|These recommendations have guided both the public and private sector in implementing policies to improve accessibility and affordability and promote broadband infrastructures worldwide.
As we enter the Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs, the Broadband Commission celebrates its 10th Anniversary by asking Commissioners and our community to reflect on what has been achieved so far, and the next steps needed to realize our goals.
A Decade of Leadership
|Over the past ten years Commissioners have worked together to build global multi-stakeholder partnerships and push broadband access to the top of the international policy agenda.|
Through collaboration and collective action, the Commission has published ten flagship annual State of Broadband reports, which serve as a global reference for tracking broadband data and policy recommendations. In addition, the Commission has contributed valuable outputs in specific focus areas, through the creation of more than 30 specialized Working Groups in the fields of child online safety, digital health, artificial intelligence, education, and many more.
|Thanks to the thought leadership of Commissioners, the Commission's Agenda for Action – a repository of best-practice actions to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic – was adopted during a special emergency meeting attended by over 100 representatives worldwide. Built around three pillars: Resilient Connectivity, Affordable Access, and Safe Use for Informed and Educated Societies, the agenda provides a framework for all stakeholders to foster collaboration and partnership in leveraging the power of broadband to combat the global health crisis.|
Looking Ahead: Making Progress Towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
|The Broadband Commission is committed to helping the world achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. As we enter the Decade of Action, the Commission embraces the UN Secretary-General's newly launched Roadmap for Digital Cooperation, and strives to help the world “Build Back Better with Broadband." In the wake of COVID-19, broadband networks and digital infrastructure have become integral to keeping our economies and societies working. Looking ahead to the next ten years, the Commission will continue to lead global discussions around emerging technologies such as 5G, artificial intelligence, fintech, digital health, energy efficiency technologies, and much more, through specialized Working Group reports and advocacy work.||At the core of the Commission's mandate is the UN pledge to Leave No-one Behind. The Commission believes that in the digital age, leaving no-one behind means
leaving no-one offline. Although extensive network deployment and lower cost of services has brought hundreds of millions of users from the emerging world online, 3.6 billion people – nearly half the global population – remain totally unconnected. Hundreds of millions more lack connectivity that would be meaningful to them in transforming their lives, because of slow speeds, high costs, and poor access options. And worldwide, growth is slowing, women's internet use in developing countries is falling behind, and broadband services are still way beyond the means of the poorest consumers. |
One thing is certain: we will not be able to unleash the full potential of broadband and information technology until we are
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