In November 2020, we launched the Road to Addis Digital Development Series as an effort to build momentum towards ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in 2022 and to provide an inclusive platform for all stakeholders to advance our call for universal, meaningful connectivity.

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us the importance of digital and how being able to access and use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is essential to learn, work, trade, communicate, and to access basic essential services. We are in the Decade of Action and now more than ever we must work harder to connect and empower the remaining half of humanity who are currently offline.

In this first chapter of the Road to Addis Series, which ran from November 2020 to September 2021, we identified 6 enablers of connectivity for sustainable development and built an inclusive and action-oriented series to shape the digital development agenda with the active participation of governments, private sector, policy makers, UN system representatives, youth, as well as representatives from minorities, academia, civil society and marginalized communities.

The series with the rich exchange it yielded, also led to a common understanding that progress can be achieved through multistakeholder collaboration and that the direct leadership of governments, policy makers, and the regulatory community is essential to achieve meaningful and universal connectivity.

After almost a year on the road, deploying 7 successful sessions with 61 panelists and thousands of people joining us online, I want to celebrate the achievements of our journey, reflect on the lessons gathered along the road, and look ahead.

I am grateful to everyone who made this journey possible; to all our panelists for their commitment, and to each one of you for your support to the cause of universal connectivity and digital transformation.

We are now closing this first chapter of the Road to Addis and starting a new one with the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition. Built on the outcomes of the Road to Addis series, the Coalition will mobilize new resources, partnerships, and commitments to achieve universal and meaningful connectivity by 2030. A Partner2Connect Digital Development Roundtable will take place at WTDC in June 2022.

We have not yet arrived at our destination.. and we cannot do this alone. I invite you to join me in the second chapter of this journey and to be part of this effort to provide every person on the planet with access to the power of digital technologies and with the tools and skills that will help them reap their benefits.

Doreen Bodgan-Martin

Director, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU.

Launch

Nov 9, 2020
Read more

Partnerships

Feb 2, 2021
Read more

Inclusion

Mar 18, 2021
Read more

Financing

Apr 28, 2021
Read more

Leadership

Jun 22, 2021
Read more

Innovation

Jul 21, 2021
Read more

Youth

Aug 12, 2021
Read more

Partner2Connect

Sep 20, 2021
Read more

Road to Addis Word Cloud: Message to WTDC

One of the most loved features of the Road to Addis Series was the WORD Cloud exercise. In each of the seven sessions of the series, panelists and the Generation Connect youth community were asked to say in ONE WORD what would they like to see coming out of WTDC. Engagement, Change, Revolution, Transformation, Solutions, Recovery, Exponentiality, Disruption were some of the words said by our panelists and the youth community. Finally, after tabulating the results, it turns out ….We have a tie!
What the panelists of the Road to Addis Series and the Generation Connect youth community really want to see as an outcome of WTDC is two things: INNOVATION and INCLUSION. These are two very powerful messages to the community of leaders that will gather in June 2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at WTDC to act and deliver on the promise of universal connectivity by 2030.


In November 2020, we launched the Road to Addis Digital Development Series as an effort to build momentum towards ITUs World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in 2022 and to provide an inclusive platform for all stakeholders to advance our call for universal, meaningful connectivity.

The COVID-19 pandemic showed us the importance of digital and how being able to access and use Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is essential to learn, work, trade, communicate, and to access basic, essential services. We are in the =Decade of Actionand now more than ever we must work harder to connect and empower every one of the 3,.7 billion people who are currently offline.

In this first chapter of the Road to Addis Series, which ran from November 2020 to September 2021, we identified 6 enablers of connectivity for sustainable development and built an inclusive and action-oriented series to shape the digital development agenda with the active participation of governments, private sector, policy makers, UN system representatives, youth, as well as representatives from minorities, academia, civil society and marginalized communities.

The series and the rich exchange it yielded, also led to a common understanding that progress can be achieved through multistakeholder collaboration and that the direct leadership of governments, policy makers, and the regulatory community is essential to achieve meaningful and universal connectivity.

After almost a year on the road, deploying 7 successful sessions with 61 panelists and thousands of people joining us online, I want to celebrate the achievements of our journey, reflect on the lessons gathered along the road, and look ahead.

I am grateful to everyone who made this journey possible; to all our panelists for their commitment, and to every one of you for your support to the cause of universal connectivity and digital transformation.

We are now closing this first chapter of the Road to Addis and starting a new one with the Partner2Connect Digital Coalition. Built on the outcomes of the Road to Addis series, the Coalition will mobilize new resources, partnerships, and commitments to achieve universal and meaningful connectivity by 2030. A Partner2Connect Digital Development Roundtable will take place at WTDC in June 2022.

We have not yet arrived at our destination.. and we cannot do this alone. I invite you to join me in the second chapter of this journey and to be part of this effort to provide every person on the planet with access to the power of digital technologies and with the tools and skills that will help them reap their benefits.

Doreen Bodgan-Martin

Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor.

Infographic Icons reflecting key facts/stats

Launch

Nov 9, 2020
Read more

Partnerships

Feb 2, 2021
Read more

Inclusion

Mar 18, 2021
Read more

Financing

Apr 28, 2021
Read more

Leadership

Jun 22, 2021
Read more

Innovation

Jul 21, 2021
Read more

Youth

Aug 12, 2021
Read more

Partner2Connect

Sep 20, 2021
Read more

Road To Addis Consolidated

Each of the seven sessions of the Road to Addis Series was documented graphically. Jim Rogers, our graphic illustrator magnificently captured LIVE the key insights of each of session, and rendered amazing canvases of outcomes, images and color. The Road to Addis illustrations can be found and downloaded in Trello.

WORD CLOUD Road to Addis Consolidated

One of the most loved features of the Road to Addis Series was the WORD Cloud exercise. In each of the seven sessions of the series, panelists and the Generation Connect youth community were asked to say in ONE WORD what would they like to see coming out of WTDC. Engagement, Change, Revolution, Transformation, Solutions, Recovery, Exponentiality, Accessibility, Disruption were some of the words said by panelists and youth. Finally, after tabulating the results, the most voted word, and what people really want to see as an outcome of WTDC is: XXXXXX.
WTDC will be about Connecting the unconnected to achieve sustainable development. XXXX sends a clear message to the community of leaders that will gather in June 2022 to act and deliver on the promise of universal connectivity by 2030.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna.