Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

When, local time: 
Monday, 7 May 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, 8 May 2018 - 3:30pm
Where: 
Rwanda, Kigali
Type of Event: 
Consultative Meeting
Contact: 
Joe Hironaka (j.hironaka@unesco.org)

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.