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Priorities of the Telecommunication Development Sector

Within its overall mission, the priorities of the Telecommunication Development Sector for 2004-2007, in addition to those that may be identified by future conferences, are shown below. Each priority is linked to the specific, relevant goal enumerated in Part I, section 3.3 above:

  • To promote the development, expansion, operation and increased efficiency of ICT networks and services, particularly in the developing countries (Goal 2).

  • To promote access to ICT networks and services for all, with particular emphasis on the disabled and disadvantaged (Goal 2).

  • To provide assistance and tools to Member States in creating regulatory and policy environments, institutional and organizational resources, and development activities that promote priorities 6.5.1 and 6.5.2 above (Goals 1, 2 and 6).

  • To provide assistance and tools for Sector Members seeking to provide ICTs and other services in developing countries (Goal 2).

  • To collect, analyse and make available information, data and statistics on ICTs in order to assist Member States and Sector Members in making informed policy and development decisions (Goal 6).

  • To strengthen communication channels and establish the necessary coordination and cooperation between the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and ITU-D members, and ensure cooperative and effective communications and coordination between BDT, both at headquarters and at the regional offices, and the other ITU Sectors and the ITU secretariat (Goals 5 and 6).

  • To improve communication channels and establish the necessary coordination and cooperation with other international, regional and subregional organizations, and other entities involved in the development of ICTs and services, in order to create the appropriate framework for the application and development of services, ensuring that ITU's and ITU-D's role and mission are understood (Goals 1, 2 and 3).

  • To ensure that the ITU Member States and ITU-D Sector Members and Associates derive maximum benefits from ITU's role as a specialized agency of the United Nations and an executing agency for implementing projects under the United Nations development system or other funding arrangements (Goals 1 and 5).

  • To develop and strengthen the linkage between financial, strategic and operational planning (Goal 5).

  • To monitor, through the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG), the performance of the Sector against identified milestones and to propose adjustments to the strategic plan as needed (Goal 5).

  • To ensure incorporation of a gender perspective in its programmes and activities and provide for its implementation as far as possible (Goal 5).

  • To emphasize the needs and capabilities of youth in telecommunication development (Goal 5).

  • To contribute, as appropriate, to preparation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (Goals 2 and 6).

  • To ensure that developing countries' experiences in the ICT field are taken into account for the establishment of partnerships in this field (Goals 2 and 6).



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