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Sustainable development

From boosting livelihoods, promoting financial inclusion and gender equality, and improving access to health, education, government services and more, ICT is an essential part of our lives. It helps advance equality, democracy, and freedom of expression. We are strong advocates of the role of ICT to enable the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to frame the global development agenda over the next 15 years. Our outreach, partnerships and solutions seek to bring the benefits of mobile technology to everyone to create a more inclusive and sustainable world.

Access to Education

Access to Education through Connect To Learn

UNESCO estimates that 62 million girls remain out of school. Against this stark backdrop there has been tremendous progress in the availability of mobile broadband. As mobile broadband becomes even more ubiquitous reaching to the most remote regions of the world it offers unparalleled opportunities to transform education. Mobility, broadband and cloud are key technologies that place the mobile communications industry at the forefront of leading change to deliver quality of education and universal primary and secondary schooling, and the global initiative Connect To Learn is tackling access to education head-on.

Social and Financial Inclusion

Social and financial inclusion

Greater financial inclusion is an important driver for attaining social inclusion and many of the SDGs. Mobile financial services offer the possibility to bring millions into the formal economy, boosting individual livelihoods and transforming economies.