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

Digital technologies are transforming at an ever-accelerating rate, while digital disruption is driving economic upheaval and upending societies, causing ripple effects through jobs markets, social security systems and insurance/pension plans. If economists are correct, we are living through the fourth industrial revolution, and its impact is being felt at every level of our society.

Historically, concept of National Innovation Systems (NIS) focused on formal innovation, traditionally measured by indicators such as: Expenditures on research and development; scientific and technical graduates and IP rights. Today, innovation is being transformed by ICTs, big data and AI. Innovation and learning can be either formal or informal (e.g. incremental learning), while ‘innovation hubs’ play a large role in promoting the cross-fertilization of ideas in the modern digital economy (e.g. Silicon Valley in the US, Bangalore in India and Shenzhen in China). ITU Member States have committed that all countries should have policies and strategies for ICT-centric innovation.

Target 4.1. Number of Countries having policies/strategies

fostering telecommunication/ICT-centric innovation.