Global Partnerships

By developing and maintaining relationships with key partners, ITU can better address technology in a holistic manner to include a range of issues relevant to our global world. In 2018, highlights included:

Broadband Commission: The commission published its annual 'State of Broadband’ report. The 2018 report showcased that, for the first time, at least 15 countries have strategies in place for promoting the safe use of Artificial Intelligence. See more.


EQUALS: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. The 2018 EQUALS Access Coalition Progress Report shows a complete framework for reducing the gender gap in Internet access and use. 2018 also saw a ground-breaking new EQUALS Research Group report published using data, insights and theoretical perspectives to showcase a path towards gender equality in the digital age.


Case study from Rwanda: Digital ambassador program in Rwanda See more


E-waste Coalition: ITU, together with six other UN entities, supported by the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, worked to better address e-waste challenges. See more


United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) is a UN initiative coordinated by ITU, UNECE and UN-Habitat, and supported by 15 other UN entities. In 2018, it had, for example, published a new Flipbook (“Implementing ITU-T International Standards to Shape Smart Sustainable Cities: The Case of Moscow”). See more


ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force on SMART Cable Systems: This task force is leading an ambitious project to equip submarine communications cables with climate monitoring and disaster warning sensors. The seventh workshop was held in New Orleans, United States, in April 2019. See more