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Friday, November 13 • 12:00 - 13:00
WS 154 Connect 2020 Agenda Implementation: Challenges/opportunities

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Session Description

The Connect 2020 Agenda is a new global framework for collaboration to build an inclusive information society by 2020. The agenda, agreed by the 193 Member States of ITU in the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference, includes specific targets to be achieve by 2020 in the areas of telecommunications/ICT growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, and innovation and partnership. 

The vision, goals and targets, grouped under the Connect 2020 Agenda, have been elaborated in a process that lasted for more than a year and ensured wide participation of all stakeholders. ITU has engaged in an innovative public consultation process to gather views, managing to achieve active contribution of key entities that, in addition to Member States, included vendors of telecommunication/ICT equipment, telecom operators and other private sector organizations, international, regional and national associations and organizations, as well as civil society.

This session will present the Connect 2020 agenda to the participants of IGF, and provide an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of this agenda. The panel will identify areas where increased efforts will be required to ensure the targets will be met. It will provide an overview of existing mechanisms at the national and international levels for measuring ICT progress.

Connect 2020 Agenda:


Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas, Head of Corporate Strategy Division, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)


  • Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Mr. Tom Lindstrom, Director, Government and Industry Relations, Ericsson
  • Mr. Andy O'Connell, Manager, Global Policy Development, Facebook
  • Ms. Piret Urb, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
  • Mr. Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Manager, Alliance for Affordable Internet
  • Ms. Dominique Lazanski, Public Policy Director, GSMA
  • Dr. Enrico Calandro, Senior Research Fellow at Research ICT Africa
  • Ms. Lorrayne Porciuncula, Economist/Policy Analyst Telecommunication Policy and Regulation, OECD

Session Organizers
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Despoina Sareidaki

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
ICT Policy Analyst specializing in the area of Cybersecurity and Internet Policy

Friday November 13, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 GMT-03
Workshop Room 4

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