|Duties and Functions of WTDC
The duties and functions of WTDC
are defined in Article 22 of the ITU Constitution and Article 16 of the
Invitation and Participation
The Secretary-General, after consulting the Director of BDT, sends an
invitation to the administration of each Member State, to the ITU-D Sector
Members and to the organizations and institutions referred to in the relevant
provisions of Article 25 of the ITU Convention.
To ensure that the necessary arrangements can be made in a timely fashion,
Member States and Sector Members wishing to participate in the World Telecommunication
Development Conference and organizations and agencies which are eligible
to attend as observers under Article 25 of the ITU Convention, are
requested to designate a Focal Point who will handle pre-registration and
registration formalities for their entities.
Please refer to http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/wtdc06/registration/index.html
for all registration formalities.
Preparatory Documents for the Conference
The following preparatory documents will be published:
• Report by the Director of BDT on the Bureau's activities, including
those relating to the preparation of WTDC-06
• Report by the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG)
• Report on the Regional Preparatory Meetings for WTDC-06
• Reports by the Study Group Chairmen
• Report on the state of telecommunication development in the world
• Proposals by Member States and contributions from ITU-D Sector Members
to the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06)
Provisional Organization of the Conference
The World Telecommunication Development Conference will set up Committees
to conduct its work. The draft structure of the Conference is to be found
in Annex 2, along with suggested terms
of reference for the Committees and for the Working Group of the Plenary.
Deadline for the Submission of Proposals and Contributions
Owing to the limited duration of WTDC, it is not possible to give full
consideration to proposals and contributions for the Conference, particularly
draft resolutions, submitted up until the last days of the Conference. It
is for this reason that Member States and Sector Members have been invited
to submit any proposals or contributions they may have no later than four
months prior to the opening of WTDC-06, i.e. by 5 November 2005, deadline
which has been postponed to 31 January 2006.
The translation of documents received by the Conference secretariat after
that deadline (i.e. after 31 January 2006), including during the Conference,
will be carried out subject to available capacity.
Processing of Proposals and Contributions prior to the Conference
On the basis of the proposals and contributions received at least four
months prior to the opening of WTDC-06, BDT will prepare two series of draft
texts, the first pertaining to the proposed topics and action strategies,
and the second to the regional initiatives, with a view to securing a better
balance between activities relating to the programmes and those relating
to the regional initiatives.
The documents will be submitted for consideration to the Telecommunication
Development Advisory Group (TDAG) at its meeting to be held in Geneva from
12 to 16 December 2005, and subsequently transmitted to the Conference by
the Director of BDT.
Processing of Proposals and Contributions during the Conference
Owing to the limited duration of the Conference, substantive debate should
take precedence over the systematic presentation of individual contributions.
For ease of referencing during the discussions, the secretariat will prepare
a temporary document listing all the proposals made by Member States and
contributions received from Sector Members, with cross-references to the
different items on the agenda. In all events, Member States and Sector Members
are strongly encouraged not to submit new proposals or contributions during
Proposals and Contributions
A proposal or contribution should not exceed four (4) pages, and
should be submitted to the Director of the Telecommunication Development
In the case of a more detailed proposal or contribution that significantly
exceeds the length limit, an executive summary should be submitted. This
will be translated, and distributed together with the detailed version of
the proposal or contribution, which will be available in the original language
Member States and Development Sector Members are encouraged to submit
their proposals or contributions on portable media such as diskettes, USB
sticks or CD-ROMs, or preferably in the form of an attachment to an e-mail
message sent to
Documents for the World Telecommunication Development Conference are
numbered in a continuous series with the prefix WTDC-06. They will be published
in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Publication of Documents
All Conference documents will be posted on the ITU-D website as soon
as they become available, at http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/wtdc06/docs.html.
All participants to the WTDC-06 will then be able to download these documents
and print them as necessary.
Participants, representatives and observers are reminded that due to
budget constraints the decision has been taken to provide:
- a maximum of 5 sets of documents per delegation from Member
- 1 set of documents per ITU-D Sector Member
- 1 set of documents per Observer Organization / Agency / Entity
These documents will be collected at the Conference registration in Doha.
The Opening Ceremony will take place at 10:00 hours on Tuesday, 7 March 2006. It
will be preceded by a meeting of Heads of Delegation at 8:30 hours.