Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

When, local time: 
Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 8:30am to Sunday, 17 September 2017 - 3:30pm
United States of America, New York
Type of Event: 
Consultative Meeting
Joe Hironaka (

The Fall Session of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development will be hosted at the Yale University Club of New York City on 16-17 September. The focus will be on the role of broadband policy in bridging the digital divide, and enabling infrastructure for digital entrepreneurship that supports inclusive growth. A new report of the Working Group on Education, co-chaired by Ms Irina Bokova, UNESCO's Director-General, will be finalized on 30 August and presented to the Commission on 16 September.
The Broadband Commission is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Mr Carlos Slim of Mexico. The vice co-chairs are Irina Bokova and Secretary-General Houlin Zhao of ITU. ITU and UNESCO jointly established the BB Commission in 2010 with an aim to expand broadband access in every country — at all stages of development — to support achievement of the internationally agreed Development Goals. The Commissioners are CEOs and industry leaders, senior policy-makers and government representatives, international agencies, academics and organizations concerned with development. At present, there are around 45-50 Commissioners.