Broadband Commission asks world leaders to harness potential of ICTs

Broadband Commission asks world leaders to harness potential of ICTs

Broadband Commission asks world leaders to harness potential of ICTs

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The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development has called on world leaders that include policymakers, private sector and other partners to make deployment of broadband infrastructure a top priority in strategies to accelerate global development and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Commission made the call in a statement presented to the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meeting held in New York City to guide global efforts on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Broadband Commission asks world leaders to harness potential of ICTs
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[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]The Commission outlined the myriad ways broadband can improve global sustainable development which include addressing basic needs such as education and access to information, helping lift people out of poverty through e-commerce opportunities and job growth, improving health services, monitoring climate change and planetary processes, as well as bridging the digital gender divide.[/quote]The Commission outlined the myriad ways broadband can improve global sustainable development which include addressing basic needs such as education and access to information, helping lift people out of poverty through e-commerce opportunities and job growth, improving health services, monitoring climate change and planetary processes, as well as bridging the digital gender divide.

Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General explains that the theme of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is ‘Ensuring that no-one is left behind.’

The ITU chief urged all concerned to seize this opportunity to build an ICT accessible world saying, “The Broadband Commission outlines the fundamental role broadband technology can play in helping the world achieve its most pressing sustainable development goals. Let us all grasp this vital opportunity to strive for a world where every citizen enjoys the opportunities and benefits of universal, affordable and inclusive access to ICTs.”

According to ITU, this will be the first HLPF that examines efforts at national, regional, and global levels to put policies and measures in place that will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

ITU further explains that in the months since the global community unanimously adopted the Goals at the SDG summit in New York last September, they have become the development ‘gold standard’ for countries, the business community, civil society and local governments around world, adding that the HLPF also offers an opportunity for the UN to highlight the important work all members of the UN family are doing in support of the Goals.

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Elizabeth Edozie Technology Journalist @Technology Times 08077671659 elizabeth.edozie@technologytimes.ng