Broadband Commission on Sustainable Development publishes digital inclusion reports related to gender equality, education and innovation

The Broadband Commission on Sustainable Development, established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010, published three new reports for advancing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through ICTs. These documents address the Sustainable Development Goals related to education, gender equality, decent work & economic growth, reduced inequalities, and industry, innovation & infrastructure.

The publications are the following:

  • Digital Skills for Life and Work: focuses on the importance of digital skills for successful careers in the current digital society. It explores how educational institutions should teach digital skills and the involvement of the government in training the trainers. Additionally, it encourages public sector involvement in developing digital skills, promotes the use of open digital resources, the fulfillment of commercial needs and promotion of partnerships.
  • Bridging the Gender Gap in Internet and Broadband Access and Use: Introduces commitments to address the gender gap and actions to improve stakeholders’ understanding of the challenges faced by women in ICT, tracking data about internet access and use, integrating gender perspectives into policy making and promoting affordability, access & digital literacy. It provides guidance for different actors to share good practices that promote gender digital inclusion.
  • Identifying the Potential of New Communications Technologies for Sustainable Development: Explores how to expand broadband coverage in developing countries and remote areas through different technologies. It provides recommendations related to broadband spectrum regulation and technology development.

Sources: SDG IISD  and Broadband Commission