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World Telecommunication Development Conferences


The International Telecommunication Union, through the Telecommunication Development Bureau, organizes a World Telecommunication Development Conference every four years and a number of Regional Preparatory Meetings within that same period.


The Telecommunication Development Conferences serve as forums for free discussion by all concerned with the Development Sector. In addition, they review the numerous programmes and projects of the Sector and BDT. Results are reported and new projects are launched. The World Conferences set the agenda and the guidelines for the following four-year cycle, while the Regional Conferences review "work-in-progress" towards the overall objectives and ensure that goals are met.


Each Regional Preparatory Meeting brings together the countries in its region to explore and discuss their needs and the present and future projects of the Sector.​​​​


ITU's sixth World Telecommunication Development Conference takes place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 March to 10 April 2014 at the kind invitation of the United Arab Emirates.
It was preceded by six Regional Preparatory Meetings held in 2013.


ITU's fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference took place in Hyderabad, India, from 24 May to 4 June 2010.

It was preceded by six Regional Preparatory Meetings in 2009 and 2010.


wtdc06.jpgITU’s fourth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06), took place from 7 to 15 March in Doha, Qatar, and gathered 969 participants, including 820 government delegates from 132 countries, 71 Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Ambassadors, 93 representatives from the private sector, and 38 representatives from regional and international organizations.


wtdc-02.jpgITU's third World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-02) was held at Lütfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre in Istanbul, Turkey from 18 to 27 March 2002.


wtdc-98.gif​ITU's second World Telecommunication Development Conference took place in Valletta, Malta, from 23 March to 1 April 1998.


wtdc-94.jpg​ITU's first World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-94) since the establishment of the Telecommunication Development Sector took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 21 to 29 March 1994.