On 25-27 September 2015 in New York, governments unanimously adopted the resolution Transforming our World: Agenda 2020 for Sustainable Development. Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is Goal 9.c, which aims to ‘significantly increase access to ICT and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’. The Internet will also be essential for the implementation and monitoring of the SDGs. The next step will be to see how the goals can become reality in an increasingly digitalised world.
The new SDGs will create a new context for the negotiation of future global digital policy conducted in the context of the WSIS+10. The link between the two processes – SDGs and WSIS – has been analysed in several studies and publications, including the policy study Internet and Sustainable Development by the Internet Society, and the International Telecommunication Union's mapping between the 17 SDGs and the WSIS Action Lines.
Learn more about the UN Summit on the post-2015 development agenda.