Who We Are
The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development was established in 2010 by ITU and UNESCO with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda, and expanding broadband access in every country as key to accelerating progress towards national and international development targets. Led by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Helù of Mexico, it is co-chaired by ITU’s Secretary-General Houlin Zhao and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. It is comprised of over 50 Commissioners who represent a cross-cutting group of top CEO and industry leaders, senior policy-makers and government representatives, and experts from international agencies, academia and organizations concerned with development.
The Commission’s mission is to bridge the digital divide and bring the goal of universal connectivity to the forefront of policy discussions through the facilitation of impactful public-private partnerships, thought leadership and actionable policy recommendations.
The Commission acts as a UN advocacy engine for the implementation of the UNSG’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and leverages the strength of its membership and collective expertise to advocate for meaningful, safe, secure, and sustainable broadband communications services that are reflective of human and children’s rights.
Our Four Defining Pillars
Achieving Our 2025 Targets
In order to connect the 49% of the world population still unconnected in 2020, the Commission has established 7 ambitious targets for 2025. These targets seek to expand broadband infrastructure and internet access and use by populations around the world, as necessary intermediate steps towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Progress towards achieving these targets is tracked through the annual flagship publication: The State of Broadband Report.
The Commission’s targets are aligned with the UNSG’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation and consistent with, and mutually reinforcing of, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 9(c) on universal connectivity.
We envision a fully connected world that harnesses the power of broadband to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Our work in 2021 is made possible through the generosity of the our Commissioners, including governments, international institutions, corporations, individuals, and non-governmental organizations: