Annual Report 2019-2020

Strategic Partnerships for SDGs

Today’s digital era needs strong collaboration based around cooperation, resource-sharing and win-win-win arrangements that benefit governments, industry and users. A more holistic ‘whole-of-government’ approach, in which technology is viewed as a basic enabling service that benefits all, is fundamental. ITU has been putting strong emphasis on forging and reinforcing this type of strategic partnerships that through collaboration ensure better outcomes, more tangible results and stronger impact, with the aim of accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through the use of ICTs.

Broadband Commission

ITU and UNESCO set up the Broadband Commission for Digital Development in 2010 with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda and expanding broadband access in every country as key to accelerating progress towards national and international development targets. In 2019 it continued this work. For example the initiative named “A Digital Moonshot Infrastructure for Africa”. Also adopting an Agenda for Action in the framework of the current crisis.


EQUALS, the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, promotes that women and girls are given access, equipped with skills, and develop the leadership potential to work and succeed in the ICT sector. The partnership was founded in 2017 by ITU, UN Women, GSMA, ITC, and UNU. During 2019 ITU led in the organization of a large number of activities held within the partnership, for example the sixth annual EQUALS in Tech Awards.


Launched in 2019, GIGA is a joint UNICEF and ITU global initiative to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice.

High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

The High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation was convened in 2019 by the UN Secretary-General to advance global multi-stakeholder dialogue on how the global community can work better together to realize the potential of digital technologies for advancing human well-being while mitigating the risks. In June 2019, the Panel submitted their report, “The Age of Digital Interdependence".

G20 – ITU as Knowledge Partners

To move the agenda on the digital economy forward, ITU, along with other international organizations continues to support the G20 as knowledge partner and provide expertise on accelerating ICT growth, development and innovation.

ITU, a trusted partner

In addition to the above-mentioned initiatives, ITU has continued to contribute to a large number of partnerships and to work in close collaboration with relevant organizations as part of the daily work on the Union. For example: in Radiocommunications with Regional Telecommunication Organizations (APT, ASMG, ATU, CEPT, CITEL and RCC), broadcasting organizations (ABU, ASBU, EBU and HFCC), those focused on the use of specific radiocommunication systems and services (e.g. ITSO, ESOA, GVF, GSMA), and with organizations such as the the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Maritime Satellite Organization (IMSOthe International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), COSPAS-SARSAT, the International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR) or the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ITU is developing relationships and partnerships with various regional/international organizations and initiatives on cybersecurity, including Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative, ENISA, INTERPOL, ECOWAS, the World Bank, and FIRST. ITU has also consolidated the Global E- waste Statistic Partnership founded in 2017 by ITU, United Nations University (UNU) and International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).