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Despite the great progress in deepening regional connectivity through information and communication technologies, Asia and the Pacific is still the most digitally divided region in the world, with less than eight per cent of the population connected to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. As a result, millions of people are shut out from transformative digital opportunities in education, health and financial services. Women and girls, in particular, have lower levels of access to broadband Internet and other knowledge-enhancing technologies. The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet for all people across Asia and the Pacific.The ESCAP IDD Youtube channel can be viewed here.

 

ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2022

International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the prime international organization in the field of telecommunications/ICT policy, holds its highest policy-making body meeting every four years. At the Conference, ITU Member States outline the direction of the information and communication technologies development worldwide. The 2022 Plenipotentiary Conference (PP-22) will be held in Bucharest, Romania, from Monday, 26 September to Friday, 14 October 2022. More information available at URL: https://pp22.itu.int/en/

APEC TELWG meeting (October 25-29, virtual)

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum with 21 member economies across Asia-Pacific region. Established in 1989, APEC has its core value on promoting regional economic integration under a non-legally binding manner and friendly environment. In the now-extended COVID-19 era, APEC has made its utmost effort to adapt and tackle with the unprecedented challenges which effect the region’s economic well-being.

The Central Asia Internet Governance Forum (CAIGF)

CAIGF Towards Resilient Cyber Space in Central Asia: Determining Shared Responses and Adaptations, 28-29 September 2022, Nur-Sultan, 2022, click here

The Central Asia Internet Governance Forum (CAIGF) is a regional international platform that brings together representatives of governments, business, international organizations, civil society and experts. First held in 2016, the annual Forum is a unique public mechanism for a wide range of stakeholders to discuss Internet governance in the Central Asian region.

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