Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

When :

from Monday 7 May, 2018
to Tuesday 8 May, 2018

Type of event :

Consultative Meeting

Where :

Kigali, Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda

Contact :

Joe Hironaka (

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.