Recommendations are standards that define how telecommunication networks operate and interwork.
ITU-T Recommendations are non-binding, however they are generally complied with due to their high quality and because they guarantee the interconnectivity of networks and enable telecommunication services to be provided on a worldwide scale.
Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development
The role of ICT in the UN Sustainable Development Goals
The goals were created through a collaboration of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Development Group (UNDG), which commenced an unprecedented global conversation among a diverse group of stakeholders over the last three years. The 17 goals are very ambitious, aiming to end poverty, extreme hunger, ensure quality education for everyone, improve healthcare, end gender inequality, protect, restore and promote sustainable use of ecosystems, etc. to improve social and economic development and end inequality.
ICTs have incredible potential to improve development outcomes in both the developing and the developed world, and it is self-evident that digital inclusion is necessary for sustainable development in the 21st century.
ICTs enhance our capability to measure progress toward all the SDGs, evaluate the methods used to achieve them, learn what is working and not working, and improve the timeliness and quality of decision making.
ICTs provide opportunities to streamline and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the activities we undertake across the development landscape.
ICTs provide access to a whole new range of digitally-enabled products and services which strengthen local economies, local innovation and local communities.
ICTs are already empowering billions of individuals around the world – by helping them make better-informed decisions, by providing access to education resources and health information, and by delivering services such as mobile banking, e-government and social media networks.