"Together let's empower girls and young women to take their rightful place in our communities, countries, and throughout the world by celebrating International Girls in ICT Day in 2014", said the Director in his address to the Council Working Group participants.
The meeting was held on 27 February 2014 as a side-event to the Council Working Group at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The BDT Director took this opportunity to convene all ITU Member States and encourage them to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day on 24 April 2014, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"Girls in ICT Day" is always held on the fourth day of the fourth week of the fourth month, as explained on the Girls in ICT Portal.
ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Guadalajara, 2010) backed by all ITU Member States, aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and calls for the celebration of International Girls in ICT Day.
Highlighting the importance of this day, Mr. Sanou further remarked that "this is when four great powers -- Girls, ICTs, Education and Careers come together to create synergies that will empower the whole world for a better future".
During the meeting, which inspired ITU Members to continue to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day in 2014, the Director highlighted the upcoming World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC).
Held in Dubai, from 30 March to 10 April, WTDC is expected to set the agenda for telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years.
WTDC-14 will be preceded, on 29 March, by an Executive Strategic Dialogue. The event will be followed by an information session on strategic planning and results based management and an informal meeting of Heads of Delegation.