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14.03.2017 - ODG

Harnessing Broadband for Sustainable Development, in Hong Kong SAR, China

From 15 to 16 March, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, in her capacity as Co-Vice Chair, will participate in the meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Digital Development, which will explore how to nurture the full power of broadband and new technologies for inclusive sustainable development.

On 16 March, the Director-General will open the session with the President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Mr Paul Kagame, President of the Carlos Slim Foundation, Mr Carlos Slim Helú, represented by Mr Carlos Jarque, and the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr Houlin Zhao, and a wide range of Commissioners.

The meeting will take place with Ms Sun Yafang, Chairwoman of Huawei Technologies, which is hosting the event in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. 

On 15 March, the Director-General and Mr John Galvin, Vice President of Intel, will co-chair the Broadband Commission Working Group meeting on Education, which aims at harnessing the power of new technologies to enhance quality education and widen access – with a focus on identifying the digital skills and competences required for today and tomorrow.

On 15 March, with the Chief Executive Officer of GSMA, Mr Mats Granryd, the Director-General will co-chair the Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide, during which they will launch the “Report of the Working Group on the Digital Gender Divide -- on Recommendations for Action: Bridging the Gender Gap in Internet and Broadband Access and Use.” This session will highlight a series of concrete actions necessary by all stakeholders to bridge the digital divide, to promote quality education and skills with all girls and young women.

The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development was established in 2010 and comprises of more than 50 leaders from across a range of government and industry sectors. They are committed to actively supporting countries, UN experts and NGOs to fully leverage the potential of ICT to drive national Sustainable Development Goal strategies in key areas such as education, healthcare, gender equality and environmental management.

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