Ladies and Gentlemen,
Colleagues and friends
It is a great pleasure and honour to host this fourteenth Global Standards
Connecting the World, as the Secretary General points out, is not a
possibility without collaboration at this – the global – level.
ITU greatly appreciates your attendance and the continued support of the
Participating Standards Organizations (PSOs) and the standards community in
general. We regret that our friends from Australia are not able to participate
at this year’s meeting. And let me also extend a warm welcome to our friends
from the forums and consortia that GSC has invited as observers.
Let me recall that the mandate of GSC is to provide a venue for the leaders
of the Participating Standards Organizations and the ITU to:
- Freely exchange information on the progress of standards
development in the different regions and the state of the global
standards development environment; and
- Collaborate in planning future standards development to gain
synergy and to reduce duplication.
Further, the mandate of GSC is to provide a venue for the leaders of the
Participating Standards Organizations to:
- Support the ITU as the preeminent global telecommunication and
radiocommunication standards development organization.
Many of you will have either been present or will be aware that the
first-ever Global Standards Symposium took place in Johannesburg, towards the
end of last year.
The event closed with broad agreement from ministers, diplomats, senior
executives from the private sector and lead officials from other standards
bodies on the need to take aggressive action to streamline standards work and
end the duplication of efforts within the sector.
I think that you will agree that this is a sentiment echoed by the PSOs and
others here today.
The symposium was followed by the World Telecommunications Standardization
Assembly. One of the major concerns raised there was the problems being faced,
especially by developing countries, due to the lack interoperability of
equipment being placed on the market. The WTSA agreed that providing for
interoperability should be the ultimate aim of future ITU-T Recommendations. I
am very pleased therefore that the theme of this year’s GSC is "Fostering
Climate change was also an area high on the agenda in Johannesburg.
At last year’s GSC meeting kindly hosted by ATIS great support was given for
the ITU-T Focus Group on ICTs and Climate Change.
The GSC Resolution – ICT and the Environment – gave high priority to
standards development related to ICT and climate change encouraging PSOs to
closely collaborate on the topic.
With this support, and the participation of more than 20 organisations, the
Focus Group was able to develop an internationally agreed methodology for the
analysis, evaluation and quantification of greenhouse gas emissions from the ICT
sector and the reductions that may be achieved through the use of ICTs in other
We are now submitting the methodology into the negotiations for the United
Nations’ Climate Change Convention which will take place from 7 to 18 December
Clearly this is a critical issue which has been reflected in the number of
contributions that you have submitted to the High Interest Subjects "ICT and the
Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends,
There is a lot on the agenda this week, and we will need to keep strictly to
our time schedule. Nevertheless, I hope we will be able to have a good
discussion and interaction on the presentations.
Last but not least, I would like to invite you to our Welcome Reception in
the Montbrillant cafeteria tonight at 1800 hours, as well as to the dinner
cruise on Lake Geneva on Wednesday Evening, which I can highly recommend. I am
very grateful to the support of Microsoft, Cisco and Qualcomm which has made
this possible – thank you very much.
I wish you a very successful meeting.
Let us now allow the Secretary-General and the Director of the
Radiocommunication Bureau to leave the podium …
Let me turn now to Reinhard for a couple of logistical remarks.