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International Cooperation in Internet-related Activities

ITU's activities, policies and strategic direction are determined by its Member States and the direction of the ICT sector it serves. The transition to Internet Protocol (IP)-based technologies is reshaping ITU's work programmes in its radiocommunication, standardization and development activities.

The WSIS identified clear priority areas, in which follow-up is required. Internet-related matters, including technical and public policy aspects, were considered important and have to be addressed in a coordinated manner. Furthermore, in recognition of the convergence transforming the ICT environment, several key Plenipotentiary and Council Resolutions have requested ITU to address the challenges of convergence. ITU has been requested by several international organizations, governments and industry to play a key role in post-WSIS activities in Internet-related matters within its mandate.

ITU is contributing actively to the latest developments in the online environment, including the transition to IP-based NGN, cybersecurity, diversity and accessibility of ICTs. The private/public nature of ITU membership enables innovations developed by Sector Members to be integrated with policy frameworks developed by Member States. ITU continues to address international public policy issues, including the management of Internet resources, through open consultations on Internet-related matters. ITU's important activities in these areas include international initiatives on the management of Internet resources, playing a facilitation role in the coordination of international public policy issues pertaining to the Internet, and fostering joint activities with key relevant players. ITU will continue to be the global catalyst of such changes, and will use its position as an international forum for discussion and dialogue to shape and participate in the future evolution of the Internet.

ITU works with its Member States to agree strategies to be adopted for its future activities.



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