Press Release: Urgent Need to Address the Digital Divide if we are to achieve the Global Development Agenda by 2030

Investment Solutions needed to build the Infrastructure needed for the Global roll-out of Broadband.

New York, 19 September 2016 : The Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved without affordable and universal access to ICTs and broadband connectivity, according to members of the Broadband Commission who met on 18 September for the annual Commission meeting, held on the eve of the opening of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.

Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary General said: “The Broadband Commission’s actions have produced results which are beyond my greatest expectations. It is now taken as a given around the globe that sustainable development is only possible if ICTs, and particularly broadband, are deployed as a cross cutting catalyst for all three pillars of sustainable development. Thanks to the work of the Broadband Commission, the ITU and UNESCO and many others. Member States agreed last year in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that information and communication technology (ICT), and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and to develop knowledge societies.”

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