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Broadband''s Role Moves up in Post-2015 Sustainable Development

10/03/2013   •   Profession news
Broadband''s Role Moves up in Post-2015 Sustainable Development

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development, a joint initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and UNESCO, has issued a new report looking at several aspects of broadband and its positive effects on people, environment and society. The task force which delivered the report was led by Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC).The report, entitled: "Transformational solutions for 2015 and Beyond: the report of the Broadband Commission Task force on Sustainable Development" analyzes national broadband plans for 138 countries and identifies best government practices, urges governments to act now and to include broadband in their national development agenda. It also makes a number of supporting recommendations.

The report is to be recognized by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. Hans Vestberg says: "As the post-2015 sustainable development agenda process evolved, we felt an urgent need to see action. We see so many opportunities for broadband to transform all aspects of society. Technology evolves faster than policy, and we wanted to make a concerted effort to do everything we could to raise awareness of the potential."