ITU has been at the forefront of advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) for 150 years, driven by one unifying goal – to connect the world. ICTs already empower billions of individuals around the world, and will be of critical importance as the global community meets to charter a new path for sustainable development in the 21st century.
This week, the international community will agree on a set goals and targets for achieving a sustainable future through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All three pillars of sustainable development – economic development, social inclusion and environmental protection – are accelerated and strengthened through ICTs.
The vital role of ICTs as a catalyst for development is acknowledged in the SDG text, stating “the spread of information and communications technology and global interconnectedness has great potential to accelerate human progress, to bridge the digital divide and develop knowledge…
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