10th meeting: 21 September 2014, New York, USA
The 10th Meeting of the Broadband Commission was held in New York on 21 September 2014 at the start of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
At this crucial time, when the post-2015 process is nearing completion, the Commissioners and Special Guests discussed the importance of leveraging post 2015 negotiations to encourage the recognition of broadband and ICTs as critical components of a sustainable development framework. The discussion also addressed the challenges facing both the industry and regulatory players, including obstacles to financing and investment in broadband infrastructure.
The Broadband Commission also released its annual State of Broadband report entitled The
State of Broadband 2014: Broadband for all.
The Task Force on Sustainable Development and the Post 2015 Development Agenda released its second report entitled
Means of Transformation: Harnessing Broadband for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. and the Working Group on Financing and Investment released its inaugural report entitled
Creating a Favourable Environment for Attracting Finance and Investment in Broadband Infrastructure.
- Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary-General, ITU at 10th Broadband Commission Meeting NY: Opening remarks by Dr Hamadoun I. Touré Secretary - General, ITU at the 10th Broadband Commission for Digital Development Meeting, Yale Club, New York, NY, 21 September 2014.
- H.E President Paul Kagame, President. Rwanda @ 10th Broadband Commission Meeting , New York, 2014: Speech from H.E President Paul Kagame, President. Rwanda, at the 10th Broadband Commission for Digital Development Meeting, New York, New York, 21 September 2014.
- Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO @ 10th Broadband Commission Meeting NY 2014: Opening remarks by Irina Bokova, Director - General, UNESCO, at the 10th Broadband Commission Meeting, Yale Club, New York, New York 2014.
- Mr Carlos M. Jarque, Representative of Mr Carlos Slim @ 10th Broadband Commission Meeting NY: Opening remarks by Mr Carlos M. Jarque, Representative of Carlos Slim Helu, Chair, Broadband Commission at the 10th Broadband Commission for Digital Development Meeting, Yale Club, New York, NY, 21 September 2014.
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While Internet penetration globally will reach 40.4% by the end of 2014, more than two thirds of people in developing countries will still remain unconnected, as will over 90% of people in the world's 48 least developed countries.
There is a clear need for policy leadership in broadband to facilitate investment in and deployment of broadband around the world. Some 140 countries had a broadband plan in place by mid-2013.
Every country should prioritize broadband policy, taking into account its ability to shape future social and economic development and prosperity at both a national and global level.
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