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High-Level Segment (HLS) of Council 2008

Geneva, 12-13 November 2008

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Photo: High Level Segment 2008 - ITU Secretary-General (middle) with Presidents of Burkina Faso (left) and Rwanda (right)The High-Level Segment (HLS) follows the opening of Council and is designed to provide Ministers and Councillors with an opportunity to exchange views on issues of strategic importance to the Union and on emerging trends in the sector. This year, speakers offered their perspectives on Climate Change and Cybersecurity.





HLS-08 was inaugurated by two Heads of State, H.E. Mr Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, and H.E. Mr Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso, as well as by United Nations Secretary-General Mr Ban Ki-moon via video message. It was attended by some 400 participants, 21 Ministers, Ambassadors and heads of regulatory organizations and UN agencies.


ITU Secretary-General's Declaration on Cybersecurity and Climate Change

 "Cybersecurity is one of the most important challenges of our time. The rapid growth of ICT networks has enabled opportunists to exploit online vulnerabilities and attack countries’ critical infrastructure...

... Climate change is another profound challenge that is at work, transforming the face of the world. Whatever the underlying cause, at current rates of extinction, scientists predict that two-thirds of all bird, mammal, butterfly, and plant species will be extinct by the end of this century... "




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