Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
The Broadband Commission meets twice annually in Spring and Fall, and additionally on an ad hoc basis timed with international events such as the Davos World Economic Forum (23-26 January 2018). The most recent Fall session took place at the Yale Club in New York City 16-17 September, and the upcoming Spring session is confirmed for 7-8 May in Kigali, Rwanda, hosted by President Kagame.
The Commission is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim, the Mexican business magnate, investor and philanthropist. UNESCO Director-General is the co-vice chair alongside the Secretary General of ITU, Houlin Zhao. 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.