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And the more broadband we can get globally, the better. It's better for the world... - Eric Schmidt

Broadband, a product of digital growth, is a transformative device that allows fast transfer of information which indirectly supports a sustainable development of a country. For realizing its full potential, it is vital to roll out the high speed networks while making the broadband affordable and available for all layers of societies.

The annual observance of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated each year on 17th May and marks the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convection in 1865 which led to the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. The purpose of this observance is to help raising awareness of all potentials that internet and other information and communication technologies could bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

The theme for WTISD-14, "Broadband for Sustainable Development", will mainly focus on multi-stakeholder commitment to achieve universal access to broadband connectivity. They are objectives to be achieved like; identify key gaps in broadband research and development, infrastructure, and packaged development of applications and services; define policy priorities for action in the areas of allocating radio frequency spectrum for broadband, particularly in the extension of broadband access into rural areas, least developed countries and small island developing states.

In line with this year theme, we, at World Assembly of Youth (WAY), value broadband and its infrastructure development as two of the important aspects in achieving one nation’s sustainable socio-economic growth. Broadband is also world-widely appreciated due to its role as a delivery vehicle for major matters in societies including health, education, trade and commerce.

Besides, we also call upon young people and youth leaders to promote the adoption of policies and strategies that will assist in the development of access to broadband connectivity towards sustainability of a digital divide. Our focus is to develop priorities on programmes, projects and initiatives particularly those that have a common aim of meeting the goals of sustainable development. We collectively believe that today generation should be the most approachable fraction of societies especially in the case of changes caused by the existence of newly established or innovated technology.

Thus, we reiterate our encouragement towards youth to be involved in all sections of society to create awareness and consensus on the issues underlying this year’s theme of ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development’.

Happy World Telecommunication and Information Society Day!