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The forthcoming World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) will be convened in
Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20 October 2017 following the kind invitation of the Government of Argentina and the approval by the Council with the concurrence of a majority of the Member States of ITU. WTDC-17 represents a unique opportunity for the international community to gather together and discuss the future of the telecommunication and information and communication technologies sector and its contribution to social and economic development.
Invitation Letter, July 2016
The Secretary-General, after consulting the Director of the
Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), sends an invitation to the
administration of each Member State, to the ITU-D Sector Members, to the
organizations and institutions referred to in the relevant provisions of
Article 25 of the ITU Convention as well as to Palestine in accordance with
Resolution 99 (Rev. Busan, 2014) and to Academia in accordance with
Resolution 169 (Rev. Busan, 2014). This invitation was sent in July 2016.
Credentials to attend WTDC-17 are not needed. However, any Member State or
Sector Member intending to send a delegation or representatives to WTDC-17
shall so inform the Director of BDT indicating the names and functions of
all members of the delegation or of the representatives (N°. 339 of
the ITU Convention).
To ensure that the necessary arrangements can be made in a timely fashion,
Member States and Sector Members wishing to participate in WTDC-17 and
organizations, agencies and other entities that are eligible to attend as
observers under Article 25 of the ITU Convention or Resolution 99 (Rev.
Busan, 2014) or Resolution 169 (Rev. Busan, 2014) are requested to register
Registration will be carried out exclusively online through focal points
designated by each administration and entity entitled to participate in the
The role of designated focal points is to handle registration formalities
for their respective administrations and entities. The list of focal points
can be accessed using TIES log-in credentials at the following address:
Designated focal points can register from the following link:
If your entity does not have a focal point, please contact our delegate's
registration service at:
Onsite registration and badging at the Hilton Hotel, Buenos Aires, will
start three days prior to the opening of the conference.
Within the budget available, fellowships may be granted for WTDC-17 to
delegates from least developed countries (LDCs) and developing countries
with a gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of less than USD 2000.
Priority will be given to fellowship applicants from LDCs.
Either one full or two partial fellowships per eligible Member State will
be awarded based on available funding. A full fellowship includes one
return economy class air ticket by the most direct/economical route from
the country of origin to the location of the meeting as well as a daily
allowance to cover accommodation, meals and incidental expenses. A partial
fellowship includes one return economy class air ticket by the most
direct/economical route from the country of origin to the location of the
meeting or a daily allowance to cover accommodation, meals and incidental
To request a fellowship, the participant must first register online at the
and tick the appropriate box on the form. Upon acceptance of the
registration, an electronic fellowship request form will be sent to the
participant. The fellowship request form should be filled out, signed and
approved by a duly authorized officer of the administration who should also
sign it and stamp it with the official stamp of the administration.
It is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that the form, duly
completed, signed and approved, is scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org OR faxed to
+41 22 730 5778 no later than 9 August 2017.
Only requests that have fulfilled all the above conditions will be
Terms of reference
: in accordance with No. 49 of the General Rules of conferences, assemblies
and meetings of the Union, the inaugural meeting of the conference shall be
preceded by a meeting of heads of delegation. At this meeting, the heads of
delegation shall prepare the agenda for the first plenary meeting and make
proposals for the organization, chairmanships and vice-chairmanships of the
conference, its committees and, as appropriate, working group(s) of the
During WTDC, the heads of delegation shall meet to consider the proposals
concerning the work programme and the constitution of study groups in
particular, and to draw up proposals concerning the designation of chairmen
and vice-chairmen of study groups, TDAG and any other groups established by
Terms of reference
: to coordinate all matters connected with the smooth execution of work and
to plan the order and number of meetings, avoiding overlapping wherever
possible in view of the limited number of members of some delegations.
This committee is composed of the Chairman, and the Vice-Chairmen of the
conference and the Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of the committees and working
group(s) of the Plenary.
Terms of reference
: to determine the organization and facilities available to the delegates,
to examine and approve the accounts for expenditure incurred throughout the
duration of the conference and to report to the plenary meeting on the
estimated total expenses of the conference, and the estimated financial
needs of ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) up to the next
World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) and the costs
entailed by the execution of the decisions taken by the Conference.
Terms of reference
: to review and approve the agenda and make proposals for the organization
of work; to review and approve the outputs and outcomes for the objectives;
to review and agree on the related study group questions and related
regional initiatives and establish appropriate guidelines for their
implementation; to review and agree on relevant resolutions; and to ensure
that the output is in accordance with a results-based management approach
aiming to improve management effectiveness and accountability.
Terms of reference
: to review and approve the agenda and make proposals for the organization
of work; to examine proposals and contributions relating to cooperation
among members; to evaluate the working methods and functioning of the ITU-D
study groups and Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG); to
assess and identify options for maximizing programme delivery and to
approve appropriate changes thereto with a view to strengthening the
synergies between study group questions, programmes and regional
initiatives; and to submit to the plenary meeting reports, including
proposals on the ITU‑D working methods for implementation of the
ITU‑D work programme, on the basis of TDAG and study group reports
submitted to the conference and the proposals of ITU Member States,
ITU‑D Sector Members and Academia.
Terms of reference
: to perfect the wording of texts arising from WTDC deliberations, such as
resolutions, without altering the sense and substance, and align the texts
in the official languages of the Union, with a view to their submission for
approval to the plenary meetings.
Furthermore, it is suggested to set up a Working Group of the Plenary as
Working Group of the Plenary: ITU-D contribution to the ITU Strategic
Plan 2020-2023, WTDC Declaration
Terms of reference
: to draw up a draft WTDC Declaration and the input of the ITU-D Sector to
the Union's strategic plan to be adopted at the next Plenipotentiary
In accordance with No. 63 of the General Rules of conferences, assemblies
and meetings of the Union, the plenary meeting of the World
Telecommunication Development Conference may set up committees to consider
matters referred to the conference.
The High-Level Segment at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17), to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20 October 2017 will provide a special platform for high-ranking officials from ITU Member States, for the most part ministers or deputy ministers, to express their views on emerging trends and on matters of strategic importance to the development of the telecommunication and information and communication technology sector.
General policy statements will be of great value to WTDC-17, being held under the theme “ICT for Sustainable Development Goals” (ICT④SDGs). The contribution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a cross-cutting sector is crucial for accelerating efforts to attain these goals through, for example, e-health, e-education, e‑agriculture, e-commerce and e-government.
At its 2016 session, the ITU Council welcomed this theme, noting how it would send a message to the outside world about ITU’s alignment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda agreed by heads of State and Government at the United Nations General Assembly.
Four sessions are planned as follows for the High-Level Segment:
Monday, 9 October: 1430h-1600h and 1615h-1730h
Tuesday, 10 October: 1115h-1230h and 1430h-1600h
Because of time constraints, each speaker will be limited to three (3) minutes. However, the full text of the statement will be posted on the conference website.
To request for a slot to deliver a policy statement, please use the following link: www.itu.int/go/HLS17 . Guidelines regarding general policy statements are given below.
Guidelines for High-Level Segment Policy Statements
5. The statement “header” should clearly indicate:
a. the speaker’s full names;
b. the speaker’s full title;
c. the name of the Member State of the speaker;
d. the session of the High-Level Segment at which the statement will be delivered;
e. the original language of the statement;
f. the contact details of the speaker’s focal point.
a. help interpreters, considering that the statements will not be translated;
b. help the company doing the captioning to transcribe names and terminology properly;
c. speed up the preparation and processing for web posting.
Note 1: If no changes are made to the advance copy, please inform the ITU focal point immediately after delivery to go live with the statement.
Note 2: If there are changes to the statement, please send the final version of the statement soon after delivery by e-mail to email@example.com. This final version will be posted on the conference website (within 15 minutes following receipt) in the language(s) in which it is submitted.
7. Speakers’ photographs are an important part of the High-Level Segment. They will be used on the conference website and by Media covering this event. For this purpose, please
submit the official photograph of your High-LeveL Segment speaker to firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 September (at the very latest). The photo must be in high-resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi) at the size 15 x 10 cm (2000 x1350 pixels) in “.jpg” format. Simply put, all images should be one-megabyte heavy or above . Photographs that do not meet these specifications are not technically suitable for projection on a large screen or for print media.
We look forward to welcoming you to the High-Level Segment.
Documents for the conference
The following preparatory documents will be published:
In compliance with Council Resolution 1141 and PP-14 Resolution 154, work
of WTDC-17 will be conducted in as a paperless manner as possible. Each
participant will be encouraged to upload a sync application that will
automatically synchronize with the ITU FTP document server to allow
participants to have at hand at any time all published documents of the
conference in any of the six official ITU languages that are available. In
addition, a local document server will be set up at the venue to allow for
immediate access to all published documents of the conference in any of the
six official ITU languages that are available.
Documents will be available on the WTDC-17 website at
Participants are therefore requested to bring their laptops. For those with
no laptop, a cybercafé will be available to download and print
documents, as required, on a self-service basis.
To allow for thorough consideration by delegations,
contributions should be submitted preferably two months before the
opening of WTDC-17 (i.e. by Tuesday 8 August 2017).
In any event and in accordance with Resolution 1 on the Rules of Procedure
of the Telecommunication Development Sector (Rev. Dubai, 2014),
contributions should be submitted
not later than 30 calendar days (i.e. by Saturday 9 September 2017)
in order to guarantee their timely translation. In line
with this Resolution and Resolution 165 (Guadalajara, 2010), the firm
submission deadline for all contributions to WTDC-17 shall be no later than 14 calendar days before the opening of the conference
(i.e. by Monday 25 September 2017 at 2359 hours Geneva time)
Contributions should be submitted by electronic means using the system
indicated below. Should you require any clarification or guidance, please
contact the WTDC-17 secretariat at: email@example.com.
Member States and Sector Members are urged to give careful attention to the
initial preparation of contributions so as to avoid revisions to documents.
Processing of contributions prior to the Conference
In order to consolidate the various contributions submitted in a way that
lends itself to the elaboration of a solid, cohesive package consisting of
inter-related and mutually reinforcing components, a web-based tool known
as Conference Proposals Interface (CPI) is being made available to members
and can be accessed at the following link:
A User Guide along with Guidelines for the preparation of proposals are
also available at this link.
In addition to providing a common approach to submitting contributions, CPI
will also provide a fast-track to the processing of the input documents by
reducing the reformatting of the contributions.
Contributions not submitted through CPI may result in delays in their
processing and posting.
Members who have submitted proposals to other major ITU events, such as the
ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14), the World Radiocommunication
Conference 2015 (WRC-15), or the World Telecommunication Standardization
Assembly 2016 (WTSA-16), are already familiar with CPI. For any
queries regarding CPI, please contact the WTDC-17 secretariat at:
In accordance with No. 42 of the General Rules of Conferences, Assemblies
and Meetings of the Union, contributions containing more than one proposal
should be submitted with a number to identify each proposal along with the
topic of the proposal. The secretariat will annotate each proposal with
index numbers composed as follows:
where ABC is the symbol of the country that is the author of the proposal,
25 is the number of the document in which the proposal will be published
and 3 is the serial number of the proposal within that document. The
three-letter code and document number will be included by the secretariat.
However, the numbering of each proposal will be assigned by the online
system when submitting each proposal.
On the basis of the contributions received by the deadline, BDT will
allocate the documents based on the topics identified by the submitting
administration in order to facilitate discussion at WTDC-17.
Processing of contributions during the Conference
Owing to the limited duration of the conference, substantive debate should
take precedence over the systematic presentation of individual proposals.
For ease of referencing during the discussions, the secretariat will
prepare a temporary document listing all the contributions with
cross-references to the different items on the agenda. Member States are
strongly encouraged not to submit new contributions during the conference.
Length limit for the submission of contributions
In the spirit of Resolution 154 (Rev. Busan, 2014), it is encouraged to
limit the length of contributions. In this regard, a contribution should
not exceed five (5) pages, and should be submitted to the Director of the
Telecommunication Development Bureau.
In the case of a more detailed contribution that significantly exceeds the
length limit, an executive summary should be submitted. Only the executive
summary will be translated if submitted within the time limit. The detailed
version of the contribution will only be available in the original
ITU information/document access policy
In line with the ITU information/document access policy approved by Council
2016, information/documents will be made publicly accessible, unless the
submitter of the document advises the ITU secretariat otherwise. This new
policy entered into force on a provisional basis on 1 January 2017 pending
final approval by the Plenipotentiary Conference in 2018.
The new policy is available at the following link
and underlines that ITU is committed to improving public access to
information, while also protecting certain types of information where
disclosure might cause potential harm to a legitimate private or public
Submitters of information to ITU conferences, assemblies and meetings have
the responsibility to notify the ITU secretariat if a document, or portion
thereof, contains information falling into any of the categories listed in
the policy or is otherwise sensitive. In those cases, submitters are
encouraged to provide a redacted version for public access whenever
Restricted information shall remain restricted until it no longer meets the
criteria listed in the policy, or until the submitter notifies ITU that it
may be made publicly available.
To allow for thorough consideration by delegations,
contributions should be submitted preferably two months before the opening of WTDC-17 (i.e. by Tuesday 8 August 2017).
In any event and in accordance with Resolution 1 on the Rules of Procedure of the Telecommunication Development Sector (Rev. Dubai, 2014), contributions should be submitted
not later than 30 calendar days (i.e. by Saturday 9 September 2017) in order to guarantee their timely translation.
In line with this Resolution and Resolution 165 (Guadalajara, 2010), the firm submission deadline for all contributions to WTDC-17 shall be no later than
14 calendar days before the opening of the conference (i.e. by Monday 25 September 2017 at 2359 hours Geneva time).
Contributions should be submitted by electronic means using the Conference Proposals Interface (CPI).
Should you require any clarification or guidance, please contact the WTDC-17 secretariat at:
Member States and Sector Members are kindly requested to give careful attention to the initial preparation of contributions so as to avoid revisions to documents.
All participants requiring a visa to enter Argentina are requested to
apply for a visa before 22 September 2017
For countries where there is no Argentinian Representation, an electronic visa (e-visa) will be issued.
1. All participants are advised to check on the following link to find out if they require a visa or not:
2. If you require a visa, you should contact the Argentinian Representation in your country.
The list of Argentinian Representations can be found at the following Host Country link:
All countries are listed on this link in Spanish.
Please click on your country to find the Argentinian Representation that you need to contact to obtain a visa. The e-mail address to use in submitting your visa request is also provided on this link.
3. If your country does not have an Argentinian Representation, you have to contact the Representation given for your country or any other Argentinian Representation on the following link so that you can be issued an electronic visa:
The e-mail address to use in submitting your visa request is also provided on this link.
The following documents are required:
A valid passport.
A duly completed visa application form
provided by the Argentinian Representation.
A letter from your administration or entity confirming your accreditation to WTDC-17 signed by a duly authorized officer.
Two (2) passport-size colour photographs.
Any other documentation requested by the Argentinian Representation.
Note: Please note that a visa cannot be obtained through the ITU secretariat. However,
ITU can assist by transmitting your passport number to the Argentinian Authorities to facilitate the visa process . In this regard, when registering at the following link
you are invited to provide your passport number in the visa information section of the online registration form. This information will then be communicated to the Argentinian Authorities.
If you have already registered and did not complete this section, please send your passport number directly to the following e-mail address:
Buenos Aires is a pulsating cosmopolitan city and a place of many passions.
The combination of rich architectural and cultural heritage, modern
creative energy, unique traditions, a vibrant arts scene, extensive parks
and open spaces, and warm, friendly people makes it one of the world's most
Downloadable guide :
Buenos Aires is a safe city, but like with any large metropolis, petty
crime and theft do exist, and visitors should always take precautions,
particularly in tourist hot spots and crowded places. We recommend that you
keep your belongings with you at all times, take licensed taxis, make sure
your bags or rucksacks are kept closed, stick to well-lit streets in the
evenings and keep bling to a minimum.
Please find here three official links to enjoy the city of Buenos Aires
1) Buenos Aires, official information on tourism
2) BA Planner: This official website provides the tools needed to plan your trip and the activities you want to do in the city.
3) BA Tours: In this site you can find all the experiences you can do in the city and allows you to buy the tickets if necessary
Special rates have been negotiated for WTDC-17 participants with the hotels listed in the table below. Participants should book their own accommodation directly using the e-mail addresses provided in this table.
Please remember to include the code
WTDC2017 in your reservation in order to obtain the special rates.
All reservations require a credit card number . You will get a confirmation message once your reservation has been accepted by the hotel. In case you are unable to attend the conference, the reservation must be cancelled well in advance.
VENUE OF THE MEETING
1. HILTON (5*)
Av. Macacha Güemes 351 - Buenos Aires
+54 11 4891.0101
Rates available at Hilton Reservation Site for WTDC 2017
SHOPPING MALL AREA
San Martín 780 - Buenos Aires
+54 11 5217 5799
SGL/DBL USD 90+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.6 km/20 minutes
3. DAZZLER MAIPÚ (4*)
Maipú 856 - Buenos Aires
SGL/DBL USD 84+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.9 km/24 minutes
4. DAZZLER SAN MARTIN (4*)
San Martín 920 - Buenos Aires
+54 11 5256 7700
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.8 km/22 minutes
5. NH COLLECTION LANCASTER (4*)
Av. Córdoba 405 - Buenos Aires
+54 11 5776 6400
SGL/DBL USD 125+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.5 km/19 minutes
6. NH FLORIDA (4*)
San Martín 839 - Buenos Aires
SGL/DBL USD 105+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.7 km/21 minutes
7. PANAMERICANO BUENOS AIRES (5*)
Carlos Pellegrini 551 - Buenos Aires
+54 11 4348 5000
Studio: SGL/DBL USD 210+VAT
Studio City View: SGL/DBL 235+VAT
Executive Suite: SGL/DBL 260+VAT
Opera Prima - Upper Studio: SGL/DBL USD 290+VAT
Opera Prima - Upper City View: SGL/DBL USD 320+VAT
Opera Prima - Upper Suite: SGL/DBL USD 350+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.9 km/25 minutes
8. EXE HOTEL COLON (4*)
Carlos Pellegrini 507 - Buenos Aires
+54 11 4320 3510
For reservations made until 1 September:
SGL USD 77+VAT DBL USD 82+VAT
9. NH TANGO (4*)
Cerrito 550 - Buenos Aires
SGL/DBL USD 110+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 2 km/28 minutes
10. NH LATINO (4*)
Suipacha 309 - Buenos Aires
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.5 km/21 minutes
11. NH CITY (5*)
Bolivar 160 - Buenos Aires
SGL/DBL USD 115+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.3 km /18 minutes
12. NH COLLECTION CENTRO HISTÓRICO (5*)
Bolivar 120 - Buenos Aires
SGL/DBL USD 126+VAT
13. 562 NOGARO (4*)
Av. Julio A. Roca 562 - Buenos Aires
+54 11 4331 0091
Superior: SGL/DBL USD 75+VAT Executive: SGL/DBL USD 85+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.3 km/18 minutes
14. DAZZLER SAN TELMO (4*)
Piedras 303 - Buenos Aires
SGL/DBL USD 74+VAT
Walking distance to/from Hilton: 1.7 km /23 minutes
The unit of currency is the Argentine Peso (ARS). Currency can be exchanged
at banks and cambios (bureaux de change) but it is easier to use ATMs,
which reflect the current exchange rate. Major credit and debit cards are
generally accepted, and US Dollars can be used in many tourist
Banks are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (local time), although ATMs are
available 24 hours.
Electrical current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50Hz. Most hotels and offices
use the three-pin flat plug. However, most older buildings use the two-pin
International access codes are (+54 9 11) for mobile phones and (+54 11)
for fixed-line phones.
Mobile phones work on the GSM network. Mobile roaming charges can be very
expensive, so a good option is to buy an Argentine SIM card on arrival.
Internet cafés are widely available and many hotels also offer
Internet access. Local SIM cards will work on unlocked phones.
The ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference
will be held at the Hilton Hotel's Convention Centre in
the heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20
Located in the riverside district of Puerto Madero,
Hilton Buenos Aires, is within walking distance to the
city's top attractions and restaurants. Situated along
the Rio de la Plata, modern Puerto Madero is the city's
youngest neighbourhood and a major gastronomic and
business hub. Along the canals, former industrial
warehouses have been converted into elegant offices and
restaurants, in one of the most successful urban
waterfront restoration projects in the world.
Av. Macacha Güemes 351
C1106BKG, Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel.: +54 (0)11 4891-0000
Meeting rooms within the conference premises at the Hilton Convention
Centre will be managed by the ITU secretariat.
Delegations wishing to reserve a room are requested to contact the Room
Reservations Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requests will be processed on a first-come first-served basis.
No vaccinations are required to enter Argentina. Tap water is drinkable. Several pharmacies in Buenos Aires are open until 10 p.m. and every neighbourhood has a few which are open 24 hours.
Access to the WTDC-17 meeting venue will require that all participants pass
by a control point with security equipment similar to what you find at an
airport. In addition, access to the meeting premises will be strictly
limited to persons wearing an official WTDC-17 photo badge.
All delegates, observers, media representatives, ITU and Host Country
secretariat staff, and all technical support staff are advised that they
will only be admitted to the WTDC-17 premises upon presentation of this
It is recommended that participants coming to the venue limit their hand
luggage to one small briefcase. Anything larger than cabin luggage will not
be permitted inside the premises.
Participants are reminded to safeguard their personal belongings at all
times while in the meeting premises and hotel area.
PCs and network printers will be available at the cybercafé.
Connections to printers can be done:
Via the network (wired/wireless). The names of the printers will be
marked on them.
As e-mail attachment and send to the desired printer e-mail address
marked on the printer, for example email@example.com
Via USB cable.
A local service desk will provide technical support to the
Use IEEE 802.11n or 802.11ac on 5 GHz whenever possible,
performance is only guaranteed on 5 GHz band.
IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g may not be supported in certain
SSID - please check the signage at the event venue.
Open the Internet browser to access any website; you will be
redirected to the log-on page. Enter the username and password you
received with your Event badge.
Wireless LAN connectivity.
Notes on Wireless LAN connectivity
To make the most efficient use of network resources, we strongly
recommend the following:
Wireless LAN configuration parameters
Most wireless cards are able to search for the radio channel
automatically. If your card does not support this function, try
channels 36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, or 64 for 5 GHz band and
channels 1, 6 or 11 for 2.4 GHz band. You may have to change to
another channel if you move to another part of the building.
Set operation mode to "Infrastructure" (not Ad-Hoc or
peer-to-peer). The Ad-Hoc mode creates a lot of confusion not only
for you, but also for other participants.
Notes on using wireless connections:
Wireless network connections are good for web browsing, but fair
for FTP downloads.
Wireless cards can drain considerable power from your laptop - so
recharge your laptop frequently.
USEFUL REMINDERS FOR LAPTOPS
Enable DHCP so that your laptop will obtain the IP address and
other network parameters automatically.
Please be aware that delegate network communication can be
intercepted, end-to-end encryption is recommended for
If you are concerned about computer security, please use personal
Firewall software configurations may prevent access to local
resources (e.g. printers).
All wireless users must have a good anti-virus program that has an
up-to-date virus database. Viruses can easily spread in the
Set up your outgoing (SMTP) server to smtp.itu.int
The "Tools", "Internet Options", "Connection", "LAN settings"
should be set to "automatically detect settings".
Disable any SOCKS configurations.
Please note that the installation and use of non-ITU wireless access points
without prior authorization from the ITU/IS Department is prohibited.
The ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) marks its 25th Anniversary this year. ITU-D was established in 1992 by the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference that was held in Geneva.
25th Anniversary website
25th Anniversary celebrations, 11th October
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