Broadband to Accelerate Global Sustainable Development: ITU and UNESCO Report
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Broadband Commission for Digital Development has released a new report, “Transformational Solutions for 2015 and Beyond: The report of the Broadband Commission Task force on Sustainable Development.” The study takes a close look at the national broadband plans for 138 countries and highlights best government practices to promote broadband. It asks governments to act with urgency and include broadband in their national development agenda.
The Broadband Commission is a joint initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNESCO. The report evaluates various dimensions of broadband and how it is having a positive impact on people, environment and society. The Broadband Taskforce that delivered the report was headed by Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson.
The report is to be recognized by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. It calls for policy action to utilize the opportunity that broadband provides to transform every aspect of the global society. The Broadband Commission encourages the international community to recognize the need for transformative solutions in the post-2015 development agenda, and argues its case through the report.
The paper puts forward new research that shows for the first time how nations across the world use their national broadband plans as a critical instrument of policy to leverage the full potential of broadband as an enabling infrastructure to speed up sustainable development. However, there are still many missed opportunities, which include the opportunity to reduce poverty and improve food security.
The report makes several recommendations, including making broadband affordable for all, and deploying national development policies and plans to promote cross-sector integration of economic and social outcomes that can be delivered and scaled through ICT and broadband.
Best broadband practices are highlighted from five countries: including Japan, Mexico, Sweden, the Philippines and Rwanda. These countries have successfully integrated a wide range of development goals into their national broadband plans.
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