The Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (initially called Broadband Commission for Digital Development) was established in May 2010, at the initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The role of the commission is to contribute to the expansion of broadband access in every country, as well as to promote the role of broadband as an essential tool for sustainable development.
The Commission comprises representatives of governments, intergovernmental organisations, private sector entities, academia, and organisations concerned with development.
The Commission’s activities cover six main areas: economy and finance, social development, environment and climate change, education and science, broadband advocacy, and post 2015 development agenda. Activities in these areas range from publication of reports, studies, and policy recommendations, to the participation in meetings and events focused on sustainable developments.
Some of the report and policy recommendations published by the Commission since its creation tackle issues such as: the role of Internet of Things in global development, universal and affordable access to ICTs, cyber-violence against women and girls, broadband and gender, accessibility issues, and broadband and education. It also publishes annual reports on the state of broadband.