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World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08)

The World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly is the regular four yearly event that defines the next period of study for ITU-T. South Africa kindly hosted the event in 2008. Preparations for WTSA-08 took place throughout 2008 notably in regional preparatory meetings.

The assembly reviewed working methods including approval process, the work programme and the structure of Study Groups.

WTSA-08 defined general policy and adopted working methods and procedures for ITU-T. The duties and functions of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly are laid down in Article 18 of the ITU Constitution and Article 13 of the ITU Convention.

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WTSA-08 Logo

An explanation of WTSA-08's logo

Date and Venue
21 - 30 October 2008
Emperors Palace, Convention Centre
Johannesburg, South Africa

Regional preparatory meetings
Regional preparatory meetings were organised by regional organizations. In addition ITU held an Americas and African preparatory meeting. To assist with these preparations, in association with one regional preparatory meeting in each region ITU held a Regional Development Forum on bridging the standardization gap between developed and developing countries. The Forums encouraged greater understanding of, and participation in, the work of ITU-T. They explained the status of the current hot topics under discussion in ITU-T, and how to become involved in ITU-T activities in order to champion the interests of each region in the development of international ICT standards. [ Details ]

Side Events during WTSA-08
During WTSA three evening side events were held covering the topics Cybersecurity, ICT Accessibility and ICT and Climate Change. [ Details ]

Conditions for invitation and admission
The conditions for invitation and admission to the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly are specified in Article 25 of the ITU Convention.

Candidates for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of ITU-T SGs and TSAG
In accordance with WTSA Resolution 35 (Montreal 2000), the Director of TSB issued TSB Circular 229 inviting Member States and Sector Members to nominate candidates for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of ITU-T Study Groups and the Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG), and the Study Group 3 regional tariff groups for the study period 2009-2012. The newly elected Study Group management teams can be seen here. [ Candidates ]

Global Standards Symposium, 20 October 2008
This was the first WTSA preceded by a Global Standards Symposium (GSS). GSS was a high level event bringing together all major ICT standards makers to discuss bridging the standardization gap and improving collaboration to achieve this objective. [ News | Event details ]

  Morning Lunch Time Afternoon Evening
Monday,
20 October 2008
GSS   GSS  
Tuesday,
21 October 2008
HOD
1100 - Opening
1130 - PL (1)
  1430 - 1530 - PL (2)
1600 - COM 2
1600 - WG2-PL
1730 - COM 1
 
Wednesday,
22 October 2008
0930 - PL (3)
1015 - COM 4
1015 - WG1-PL
SG Chairmen's Report

(SGs 13, 19,11, 17)
COM 3
WG2-PL
1730 - COM 5
Side Event -
Accessibility
Thursday,
23 October 2008
COM 4
COM 2
SG Chairmen's Report

(SGs 15, 12, 9, 16)
COM 3
WG1-PL
 
Side Event -
Cybersecurity
Friday,
24 October 2008
COM 4
WG2-PL
Tutorial for Academics
1300 - 1400 COM 1
1430 - PL (4)
1600 - COM 3
1600 - WG1-PL
Side Event -
Climate Change
Saturday,
25 October 2008
       
Sunday,
26 October 2008
       
Monday,
27 October 2008
COM 3
WG2-PL
SG Chairmen's Report

(SGs 2, 4, 3, 5, 6)
COM 4
WG1-PL
 
Tuesday,
28 October 2008
COM 4
COM 3
  1430 - 1600 - COM 2
Followed by
1600-1700
WG2-PL
Followed by
1700 - 1800 - HOD
1430 - 1730 - WG1-PL
 
Wednesday,
29 October 2008
PL (5)   PL (6)  
Thursday,
30 October 2008
PL (7)   PL (8)
Closing Ceremony
 
HOD = Heads of Delegation   PL = Plenary Session
COM = Committee   WG-PL = Working Group(s) Plenary
GSS = Global Standards Symposium (See: Programme)
 
Meetings start at 0930 and finish at 1730 with lunch break from 1230 to 1430.
Except on Friday, meeting start at 0900 and finish at 1730 with lunch break from 1200 to 1430. From 22 to 28 October, there are two or three parallel meetings.

Three side events are scheduled from 1800 up to 1900.
Lunch time sessions are from 1300 to 1400.
Structure of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly
(Johannesburg, South Africa - 2008)

 

 

WTSA-08 News  

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WTSA-08 Results
WTSA-08 Resolutions
Proceedings WTSA-08
 
Invitation Letters
Circular Letter 56
DM 07/1054
DM 07/1055
TSB Circular 185
TSB Circular 190
TSB Circular 203
TSB Circular 229
TSB Circular 232
 
Information for Participants
Message from the Government of the Republic of South Africa
Exhibition
Social event sponsorship
Meeting room management and reservation
Passport and Visa Regulations
Hotel/Practical Information
Photos of the Venue
Fellowships
IT Facilities
more …
 
Related Links
ITU Constitution and Convention
WTSA-04
Link to Host Country
 
Global Standards Symposium
Home Page
Steering Committee
Bridging the Standardization Gap
Programme
 

 

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