Press Release: Broadband Commission calls on world leaders to harness development potential of ICTs to drive the SDGs

Statement to UN High-Level Policy Forum in NY cites ICTs as uniquely powerful tool to drive global development

Geneva, 10 July 2017 – The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development today issued a statement urging policymakers, the private sector and other partners to make deployment of broadband infrastructure a top priority in strategies to accelerate global development and progress towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The statement was presented to the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is meeting in New York City 10-19 July 2017 to guide global efforts on the achievement of the SDGs.

In the statement, the Commission – a high-powered community, including top CEO and industry leaders, senior policy-makers and government representatives, international agencies, academia and organizations concerned with development – outlines the many ways that broadband can improve global sustainable development, and in so doing, better the lives of millions around the globe.

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