Goal 1 – Growth: Enable and foster access to and increased use of telecommunications/ICT in support of the digital economy and society
Recognizing the role of telecommunications/ICTs as a key enabler for social, economic and environmentally sustainable development, ITU will work to enable and foster access to, and increase the use of, telecommunications/ICTs, foster the development of telecommunications/ICTs in the support of the digital economy and help developing countries make their transition to the digital economy. Growth in the use of telecommunications/ICTs has a positive impact on short- and long-term socio-economic development as well as on the growth of the digital economy towards building an inclusive information society. The Union is committed to working together and collaborating with all stakeholders in the telecommunication/ICT environment in order to achieve this goal.
- Target 1.1: By 2023, 65% of households worldwide with access to the Internet
- Target 1.2: By 2023, 70% of individuals worldwide will be using the Internet
- Target 1.3: By 2023, Internet access should be 25% more affordable (baseline year 2017)
- Target 1.4: By 2023, all countries adopt a digital agenda/strategy
- Target 1.5: By 2023, increase the number of broadband subscriptions by 50%
- Target 1.6: By 2023, 40% of countries to have more than half of broadband subscriptions more than 10 Mbit/s
- Target 1.7: By 2023, 40% of the population should be interacting with government services online
Goal 2 – Inclusiveness: Bridge the digital divide and provide broadband access for all
Being committed to ensuring that everyone without exception benefits from telecommunications/ICTs, ITU will work to bridge the digital divide for an inclusive information society and enable the provision of broadband access for all, leaving no one offline. Bridging the digital divide focuses on global telecommunication/ICT inclusiveness, fostering telecommunication/ICT access, accessibility, affordability and use in all countries and regions and for all peoples, including women and girls, youth and marginal and vulnerable populations, people from lower socio-economic groups, indigenous peoples, older persons and persons with disabilities.
- Target 2.1: By 2023, in the developing world, 60% of households should have access to the Internet
- Target 2.2: By 2023, in the least developed countries, 30% of households should have access to the Internet
- Target 2.3: By 2023, in the developing world, 60% of individuals will be using the Internet
- Target 2.4: By 2023, in the least developed countries, 30% of individuals will be using the Internet
- Target 2.5: By 2023, the affordability gap between developed and developing countries should be reduced by 25% (baseline year 2017)
- Target 2.6: By 2023, broadband services should cost no more than 3% of average monthly income in developing countries
- Target 2.7: By 2023, 96% of the world population covered by broadband services
- Target 2.8: by 2023, gender equality in Internet usage and mobile phone ownership should be achieved
- Target 2.9: By 2023, enabling environments ensuring accessible telecommunications/ICTs for persons with disabilities should be established in all countries
- Target 2.10: By 2023, improve by 40% the proportion of youth/adults with telecommunication/ICT skills
Goal 3 – Sustainability: Manage emerging risks, challenges and opportunities resulting from the rapid growth of telecommunications/ICT
To promote the beneficial use of telecommunications/ICTs, ITU recognizes the need to manage emerging risks, challenges and opportunities from the rapid growth of telecommunications/ICTs. The Union focuses on enhancing the quality, reliability, sustainability and resilience of networks and systems as well as building confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/ICTs. Accordingly, the Union will work to make it possible to seize of opportunities presented by telecommunications/ICTs while working towards minimizing the negative impact of undesired collaterals.
- Target 3.1: By 2023, improve cybersecurity preparedness of countries, with key capabilities: presence of strategy, national computer incident/emergency response teams and legislation
- Target 3.2: By 2023, increase the global e-waste recycling rate to 30%
- Target 3.3: By 2023, raise the percentage of countries with an e-waste legislation to 50%
- Target 3.4: By 2023, net telecommunication/ICT-enabled Greenhouse Gas abatement should have increased by 30% compared to the 2015 baseline
- Target 3.5: By 2023, all countries should have a National Emergency Telecommunication Plan as part of their national and local disaster risk reduction strategies
Goal 4 – Innovation: Enable innovation in telecommunications/ICT in support of the digital transformation of society
The Union recognizes the crucial role of telecommunications/ICTs in the digital transformation of society. The Union seeks to contribute to the development of an environment that is conducive to innovation, where advances in new technologies become a key driver for the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Target 4.1: By 2023, all countries should have policies/strategies fostering telecommunication/ICT-centric innovation
Goal 5 – Partnership: Strengthen cooperation among the ITU membership and all other stakeholders in support of all ITU strategic goals
In order to facilitate the achievement of the above strategic goals, the Union recognizes the need to foster engagement and cooperation among governments, the private sector, civil society, intergovernmental and international organizations, and the academic and technical communities. The Union also recognizes the need to contribute to the global partnership to strengthen the role of telecommunication/ICTs as means of implementation of the WSIS Action Lines and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Target 5.1: By 2023, increased effective partnerships with stakeholders and cooperation with other organization and entities in the telecommunication/ICT environment. `
Last update: May 2020