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Happy Holidays from the Broadband Commission
December 17, 2021

Year in Review 2021 - ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission

Progress on Universal Connectivity in 2021

Over the course of this year, the Broadband Commission has developed new thought leadership on the addressing the barriers to reaching its goal of Universal Connectivity. Through the work of our high-level Commissioners, we have published papers, developed policy recommendations and provided practical applications for advancing global affordability, access and use of broadband.

New data from the ITU
Facts and Figures 2021 shows that the estimated number of people who have used the internet has risen 17% since the start of the pandemic, to 4.9B, in 2021 from 4.1B in 2020. However, despite this increase in Internet access and adoption, increased efforts and global digital cooperation are needed to ensure success and concrete movement towards universal connectivity. The Commission continues to produce relevant outputs to guide the policy discussion around connectivity.

Our Year-in-Review Newsletter shares the Commission’s outputs in 2021 as well as the related work of our Commissioners. Stay tuned for more updates in 2022 for more relevant updates on the
State of Broadband, news from our partners and updates from the Commission’s current Working Groups on Virtual Health & Care, Smartphone Access, AI Capacity Building and Data for Learning in 2022.

On 13 December 2021, The Broadband Commission hosted a 45 minute information session for the Permanent Missions to the United Nations to: introduce the Commission and present the outcomes of this year’s achievements, including progress on the Commission’s seven advocacy targets, Working Group Reports, the Annual State of Broadband Report, and related publications like the ITU 2021 Facts and Figures Report.

Speakers included: ITU Secretary General and Co-Vice Chair
Mr Houlin Zhao, Minister of ICT and Innovation for Rwanda, H.E. Ms Paula Ingabire, Under-Secretary General and High Representatives for LDCs, LLDCs & SIDs for UN-OHRLLS, H .E. Mr Courtenay Rattray, Broadband Commission Executive Director and ITU Development Bureau Director, Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin, UNESCO Assistant Deputy General, Dr Tawfik Jelassi and CEO of the SAMENA Telecommunications Council, Mr Bocar Ba.

Attendees heard real-world examples of our policy recommendations in action and received resources on how to engage with the Commission.

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2021 Broadband Commission Outputs

Broadband Commissioners in the News

New Commissioners in 2021

The Broadband Commission is excited to welcome the continued engagement of its new Commissioners, announced in 2021:

2022 Events

For a full list of upcoming events and campaigns, check out our Editorial Calendar

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