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Message from ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a dynamic organization that has been at the forefront in helping the world communicate for over 140 years. ITU continues to take the lead in bringing the world cutting-edge communications, through its vital work establishing global standards in telecommunications and assigning radio-frequency spectrum, and with its many initiatives to expand access to information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Today, the telecommunication industry is undergoing a digital revolution, which has already transformed ICTs beyond recognition. Convergence is reshaping the way telecommunication services are delivered, as well as the ways in which we access these services. ITU's standards in telecommunications and radiocommunications underpin the functioning of the entire global communications framework, and will continue to serve as the platform for a whole new range of exciting services, some of which are only just beginning to be developed.

During the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in 2006, I was honoured to be elected to the office of Secretary-General. The year since then has proven both eventful and productive. It witnessed the launch of several major initiatives, including high-level negotiations at the World Radiocommunication Conference, the mobilization of efforts at the pioneering Connect Africa Summit and the promising start of ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda, which seeks to develop an international framework to promote cybersecurity. ITU continues to work in close cooperation with our membership, which comprises 191 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates from both the public and private sectors.

As ITU renews its efforts to develop an enabling environment through modern regulation and policy harmonization, the Union's priorities are to meet the seven strategic goals set by Member States at the Plenipotentiary Conference 2006 (see section four of this Report). In addition to the seven strategic goals of the Union, my priorities for my term of office are to work towards bridging the digital divide and to strengthen Member States' capacity in cybersecurity and emergency telecommunications. ITU is also working to support the migration to next-generation networks (NGN) and the building of capacity, especially in developing countries. Meanwhile, the Union continues to forge ahead with all-important initiatives for reform, to make it more responsive, more efficient and a more effective force for growth.

At the close of this, my first year in office, I am highly satisfied with the progress achieved and I am convinced that we have made a strong start in a tough mission. More remains to be done - we shall continue to develop our promising initiatives to Connect the World and endorse a global culture to strengthen cybersecurity and uphold cyberpeace. I have every faith that ITU will continue to respond and adapt to the challenges of today's technological evolution, in order to remain at the forefront of developments in the industry. ITU remains deeply committed to ensuring widespread, secure and affordable access to communications for all. All our efforts are directed to our mission of helping the world communicate.

Dr Hamadoun I. Touré

Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)



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