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Broadband has equipped youth all over the world with the power to connect, educate and innovate. With access to online education and the ability to start digital businesses, youth are empowered to use the Internet to drive digital transformation.

In this edition of the #BroadbandTransformingLives series we hear from four changemakers, Dogara Iliya, Muskan Fatima, Qjiel Mariano & Rose Sendege, who are using the Internet to promote digital skills development, combat disinformation, and increase online safety. This series was developed in partnership with the Broadband Commissioner from Huawei.

Find out more about the Broadband Transforming Lives campaign here. 

Broadband Advocacy Target Spotlight
By 2025, 60% of youth and adults should have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in sustainable digital skills.

Digital skills are essential for meaningful use of broadband and internet-powered resources. With the digitalization of the workplace, classroom and public and private sector services, the need for digital skills and literacy has become even more urgent. 

Globally, the need for digital skills and access to broadband has increased greatly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, even with this urgent and visible need, low- and middle-income countries continue to report a “lack of literacy and digital skills” as the main barrier to mobile internet use.

Advocacy Target 4 is one of the seven advocacy targets established by the Broadband Commission.

Report Launch: Virtual Health & Care
The Broadband Commission Working Group on Virtual Health and Care, co-chaired by Commissioners from the World Health Organization and the Novartis Foundation previewed its report, “The Future of Virtual Health and Care – driving access and equity through inclusive policies”, on 4 June in Kigali, and officially launched the report on 16 June. 

Read the Report
Broadband Commission in the News
His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Co-Chair of the Broadband Commission awarded ITU Secretary-General and Broadband Commission Co-Vice Chair, Mr. Houlin Zhao, with the National Order of Honour (Agaciro) medal on June 14, in recognition of his distinguished service as the leader of ITU during “a very consequential period” for the globalization of telecommunications technology, according to the Office of the President.

For more details read the full article.  

This year’s Annual Spring Meeting 2022 was titled, “Driving Inclusive Digital Transformation.” The Meeting brought together Broadband Commission Chairs, Commissioners and Special Guests to discuss the most pertinent issues affecting broadband connectivity today. Meeting outcomes included:

  • The Broadband Commission Advocacy Pledge to Partner2Connect
  • The Launch of the Working Group on Virtual Health and Care Report
  • The Broadband Transforming Lives final video series
For more details visit the Broadband Commission website.  
Digital Skills & Broadband Initiatives
The Generation Connect Global Youth Summit was held on 2 – 4 June 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda, preceding the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) under the WTDC’s theme ‘Connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development'. This overarching theme will be further developed to cover sub-themes linked to the BDT thematic priorities, the areas of interest resulting from the engagement in youth consultations, as well as with the 17 SDGs and the UN Secretary General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.
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The 5Rights Foundation, led by Commissioner Baronness Beeban Kidron, recently published the Child Online Safety Toolkit.

The Child Online Safety Toolkit helps policymakers to design an age-appropriate digital world that every child can access creatively, knowledgeably, and fearlessly. It brings together important international guidelines and agreements into a singular, consolidated, practical toolkit.

Check out the toolkit

T​he ITU, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau, organized a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in the period between two Plenipotentiary Conferences to consider topics, projects and programs relevant to telecommunication development. ​

WTDC sets the strategies and objectives for the development of telecommunication/ICT, providing future direction and guidance to the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector.

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For the past decade, the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum has shone a spotlight on information and communication technology (ICT) success stories from around the globe.

The annual WSIS Prizes aim to highlight examples of sustainable ICT applications and use cases that communities anywhere in the world can replicate.

Congratulations to América Móvil on winning a WSIS 2022 Prize in the category of E-Health with their Monitor FCS app and COVID-19 MX app.

See the winners

The United Nations Secretary-General is convening the Transforming Education Summit during the 77th UN General Assembly.

The Summit seeks to mobilize political ambition, action, solutions and solidarity to transform education: to take stock of efforts to recover pandemic-related learning losses; to reimagine education systems for the world of today and tomorrow; and to revitalize national and global efforts to achieve SDG 4.

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The Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) provides the courses, webinars and opportunities for exchange to policymakers and regulators to promote the digital transformation in Africa.

With its various learning programmes and formats SADA wants to improve participants’ skills for drafting inclusive, gender-sensitive, and climate-smart ICT regulations. SADA also reaches a wider audience from entrepreneurs to engaged citizens with the aim of improving their digital literacy, so that they can fully benefit from the new potentials offered by digital technologies.  

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The Global Connectivity Report 2022 takes stock of the progress in digital connectivity over the past three decades. It provides a detailed assessment of the current state of connectivity and how close the world is to achieving universal and meaningful connectivity, using a unique analytical framework, including the Broadband Commission Advocacy Targets. It goes on to showcase solutions and good practices to accelerate progress.

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The SAMENA Telecommunications Council convened leaders and experts at its 9th Leaders’ Summit 2022, which was held at the Atlantis, in the Palm in Dubai on 9 May 2022 under the theme of “Thriving with Resilience & Integration in the New Opportunity Realm.” The Summit was hosted by Huawei and focused on many critical issues of the ICT industry, including new business opportunities and challenges of inclusive advanced and sustainable 5G connectivity infrastructure and supporting ecosystems to serve all industries and economic sectors, emphasizing collective leadership and partnership approaches. 

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