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40th Session of the Board of the RCC Communications Administrations Heads
 Brdo, Slovenia  21 May 2009 
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Colleagues and friends,
  • It is a great pleasure to be here in Slovenia today as the Head of the ITU delegation, and I would like to express my thanks for the kind invitation to this event.
  • I would also like to pass on a personal message of support from ITU’s Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Touré.
  • Dr Touré cannot be here today because this is a very important and busy week for ITU back in Geneva, marked both by World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – celebrating 144 years of ITU’s existence – and the WSIS Forum.
  • The WSIS Forum is reviewing the progress made in reaching the targets set by the World Summit for the Information Society in Tunis in 2005, and in the crucial United Nations Millennium Development Goals which we are striving to meet by 2015.
  • The Forum, which used to be known as the ‘WSIS Cluster’, has been renamed and expanded this year, with the aim of creating an event which is both more inclusive and more focused on concrete results.
  • The WSIS Forum has also included, for the first time, a number of High-Level Panels, which have addressed some of the most important issues we face at a global level – including the financial crisis, cybersecurity, climate change and ICT applications for a better life.
  • And while the current global financial and economic crisis has been seen as a threat to progress on the Millennium Development Goals – and indeed on the WSIS goals and targets – we at ITU remain optimistic, not least because technical advances continue at an almost incredible pace.
  • We are firm believers in the need for close collaboration in all fields of telecommunications and ICTs. And meetings such as the WSIS Forum in Geneva this week – and this meeting here today – do a great deal to further that process of collaboration.
  • I would also like to extend greetings from the other elected officials: Houlin Zhao; Sami Albasheer and of course your good friend Valery Timofeev.
  • Myself and my delegation: Mr Hughes from the Radio Bureau, Mr Lagrana from the Development Bureau, and Mr Zhazibaevich from the Area Office look forward to contribtuing to what I am sure will be an interesting and productive day – and to catching up with old friends and meeting new partners.

Thank you.


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