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:: Informal Forum Summit
Estimates vary, but most agree that there are as many as five hundred forums dealing with the development of standards for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

An initiative of the current director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB – the secretariat for ITU-T), Houlin Zhao brings some of these forums together to foster more efficient cooperation between the bodies that between them make the standards that ensure that ICT works.

The Informal Forum Summit concept provides a place for the heads of many such forums to get together to agree on proposals for better collaboration. Following a fruitful first summit in 2001, a second summit hopes to build on that success by establishing a regular meeting-ground for improving awareness of the activities of the various different forums and establishing common-ground as a basis for improved collaboration.

ITU-T seeks to encourage the work of independent forums, and dialogue between them and itself to avoid duplication of work and benefit from the pooling of resources. There are a number of informal and formal ways for forums to establish contact with ITU-T. Recommendations A.4-A.7 layout the formal procedures for establishing communication between ITU-T and other forums and  Standards Development Organizations (SDOs). Over thirty such organizations have already established a formal relationship with ITU-T.
San Francisco, USA, 24-25 July 2003

Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), Houlin Zhao has convened a second meeting of the heads of the forums and Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) with which ITU-T has an informal or formal relationship. The meeting was held in San Francisco, 24-25 July.
Geneva, 3 - 4 December 2001
The first Informal Forum Summit took place in Geneva, 3-4 December, 2001, and attracted over two dozen forums and other SDOs.

Development subsequent to the 2001 Informal Forum Summit


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