Broadband Commission meeting
This Broadband Commission meeting will, on 26 February, join hands with the Policy Forum of the Mobile Learning Week (MLW). Commissioners will join the afternoon part of the MLW. On 27 February, the Broadband Commission will have a closed meeting, followed by a short meeting with interested Member States.
ITU and UNESCO set up the Broadband Commission for Digital Development in response to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's call to step up UN efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Commission was established in May 2010, five years after the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and ten years after the launch of the MDGs. The Commission aims to boost the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda and believes that expanding broadband access in every country is key to accelerating progress towards these goals by the target date of 2015. It defines practical ways in which countries — at all stages of development — can achieve this, in cooperation with the private sector.
The Commission comprises a high-powered community, including top CEO and industry leaders, senior policy-makers and government representatives, international agencies, academia and organizations concerned with development. Leaders in their field, they each believe strongly in a future based on broadband and offer rich insights and experience in how to deploy and use broadband networks and services to the benefit of communities and end-users. The Commission embraces a range of different perspectives in a multi-stakeholder approach to promoting the roll-out of broadband, as well as providing a fresh approach to UN and business engagement.
In this context, UNESCO is stressing the importance of building inclusive Knowledge Societies and of putting human beings’ concerns, interests and needs at the center of the debate and action, in order to overcome knowledge divides and seize the digital opportunities for development.