20.09.2010 - ODG

Director-General urges all governments to move broadband to the top of their agendas

© UNESCO/Bob Krasner - At the second meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, from left to right: International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré, vice-chair of the Commission; Carlos Slim Helú, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Mexico’s Grupo Carso, co-chair; UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, vice-chair; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, co-chair of the Commission.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova opened the second meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, together with Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), in New York on 19 September 2010. The Commission’s Final Report and Declaration was presented to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the meeting.

In her opening speech Irina Bokova emphasized that “[…] broadband networks have a major role to play in the delivery of quality education, the sharing of scientific and technological knowledge, the furtherance of social cohesion and the promotion of cultural diversity. They can also contribute to dialogue among cultures, thereby promoting peace as well as sustainable development.”

UNESCO is working to build “a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge,” added the Director-General at the Commission’s second meeting.

The Broadband Commission’s final outcome report includes a series of recommendations designed to serve as a global blueprint for rapid broadband development in countries worldwide. 

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development was formed in May 2010 with the aim of promoting the adoption of broadband-friendly practices and policies so that the entire world can take advantage of the benefits broadband can offer.  The Commission comprises 58 leaders from across public and private sectors. It is co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Helú, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Mexico’s Grupo Carso, with UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré serving as joint vice-chairs.

 




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