Resolution 31 (Doha, 2006) calls for the organization of one
development conference or regional preparatory meeting per region to
coordinate, at the regional level, the preparations for the World
Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC).
In 2009-2010, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) will
therefore stage six Regional Preparatory Meetings (RPM):
Asia and the Pacific (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 5-7 May 2009)
Africa (Kampala, Uganda, 13-15 July 2009)
Americas (Santa Marta, Colombia, 9-11 September 2009)
CIS (Minsk, Belarus, 23-25 November 2009)
Europe (Andorra, 1 to 3 December 2009)
Arab States (Damascus, Syria, 17-19 January 2010)
The main purpose of the Regional Preparatory Meeting is to engage the
ITU members in the WTDC process early on and to consider, at the
regional level, appropriate ICT development strategies. To this end,
they seek to identify priority areas and related initiatives, projects,
Study Group Questions that need to be addressed to foster the
development of telecommunications and of information technologies.
Participants are expected to review reports on the implementation of
the Doha Action Plan adopted by the 2006 World Telecommunication
Development Conference (WTDC), along with contributions from the Member
States and Sector Members in a bid to draw up recommendations on
priority areas to be considered by next WTDC in 2010.