WSIS Forum 2021 : High-Level Policy Session 1: Bridging Digital Divides

March 22
3:00 pm 
– 4:00 pm

About half the world’s people access and use the Internet. The other half do not. Many of the unconnected live in least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states. Globally, over 1 billion new internet users have been added over the last 4 years, however substantial digital divides persist between more and less connected countries, communities, and people. Enabling all the world ́s people to access and use the Internet—and removing digital divides—remains a challenge that needs to be addressed if the world community is to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. [1]

[1] Digital inclusion of all:

We are also fully aware that the benefits of the information technology revolution are today unevenly distributed between the developed and developing countries and within societies. We are fully committed to turning this digital divide into a digital opportunity for all, particularly for those who risk being left behind and being further arginalized.

First Phase of the WSIS (10-12 December 2003, Geneva) Geneva Declaration of Principles