The mission of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) is to achieve its objectives based on the right to communicate of all the inhabitants of the world through access to infrastructure and information and communication services. In this regard, the mission is:
to assist developing countries in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT), in facilitating the mobilization of technical, human and financial resources needed for their implementation, as well as in promoting access to ICTs;
to promote the extension of the benefits of ICTs to all the world's inhabitants;
to promote and participate in actions that contribute towards narrowing the digital divide;
to develop and manage programmes that facilitate information flow geared to the needs of developing countries, with a focus on populations with special needs, including the disabled and disadvantaged.
This mission should complement that of other organizations and entities seeking to improve access to communication technologies and services in the developing world.
The mission encompasses ITU's dual responsibility as a United Nations specialized agency and an executing agency for implementing projects under the United Nations Development Programme or other funding arrangements.
The Telecommunication Development Sector environment
The mission is to be undertaken within the environment identified in Part I, section 2 above for the Union as a whole, and specifically characterized in the Telecommunication Development Sector by increased partnership with other international, regional and other entities in actions to promote the development of telecommunications and narrow the digital divide.