Forum

A powerful UN platform to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the ICT industry. Supporting forward-looking, sustainable and equitable ideas to serve all of humanity - and the planet.

 

BUILDING THE DIGITAL WORLD. TOGETHER.

ITU Digital World 2021 will look at three important aspects of digital transformation: infrastructure, policy and accelerators. Over a period of three months from September to November 2021, experts from public and private sectors will meet regularly online to explore topics related to:

  • Infrastructure essential to digital transformation
  • Funding and facilitating of digital transformation through policy discussions with ministers, heads of regulators and tech sector leaders
  • Key factors accelerating digital transformation, including AI, cybersecurity, digital skills and sustainability.

Join us for a series of panel debates and Ministerial Roundtables as we explore the new realities and take a fresh look at how to build the digital world. Together. 

Forum topics

September Forum debates

Future of Networks

Backhaul, wireless, wired, autonomous: what’s next for networks?

Satellite services

The solution to affordable broadband connectivity in rural and underserved areas?

Spectrum

Turning the promise of spectrum harmonization into a reality

5G

The best use cases in developed and developing markets

October Ministerial Roundtables

Cutting the cost

Can affordable access accelerate digital transformation?

Boosting infrastructure

Rethinking the role of government in digital transformation

A taxing issue

The role of taxation in building the digital future

November Forum debates

Digital skills

Bringing the tools to bring the world online

Cybersecurity

Trust, privacy and the security frameworks we need

Sustainability

The role of ICTs in mitigating climate change, in the industry and across the planet

AI

Using Artificial Intelligence for good, from transparency to health and human development
As always, we attend ITU Telecom World in order to benefit from global best practices, find out what is going on in other economies, borrow from their experiences and also share our own ideas on how we deploy services in emerging technologies, AI, 5G, the Internet of Things. Coming here will enrich our experience on how best we are going to do this.
Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission
Joining events like this gives an opportunity both to thank our partners, but also to showcase that when private sector, public sector and governments come together there is really a meaningful conversation happening - and action.
Enrica Porcari, Chair UN ETC, Director of Technology & CIO, WFP

Session formats


Keynotes

Forum - keynotes

Thought-leadership and international perspectives at the highest level as leaders from public and private sectors share key messages and insights.

Panel sessions

Forum - panel sessions

Experts drawn from public, private and research sectors explore the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas and often passionate, panel sessions encourage contributions and questions from delegates on the stage and in the audience.


Partner sessions

Forum - dialogues

Forum sessions or facilitated workshops organized by ITU but shaped by input and contributions from interested companies, associations or organizations.

Roundtables

Forum - roundtables

Ministers, regulators or CEOs share experiences, success stories and case studies from the perspective of their countries or organizations to personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on future directions within the ICT industry, kicking off debate at the highest level on policies, perspectives and best practices from across the globe.