Dubai, 10 April 2014 - "The decisions we have taken here in Dubai will give us a clear direction, shared vision and action plan," said Mr Brahima Sanou at the closing ceremony of the sixth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14).
"Here in Dubai, we have noted once more that broadband is key to sustainable socio-economic development," said Sanou.
"Here in Dubai, we have reaffirmed that the establishment of transparent legal and regulatory frameworks is indispensable in order to stimulate investment; we have stressed the importance of building confidence and security in the use of ICTs; we have reiterated our commitment, now more than ever, to making ICTs available and affordable to the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States; we have also agreed that digital inclusion and the use of telecommunications and ICTs in the prevention and management of natural disasters should be our leading priority."
The Dubai Action Plan, adopted by WTDC-14 sets the agenda for telecommunication and information and communication technology development over the next four years.
Under the theme 'Broadband for Sustainable Development', the Conference focused on development priorities and agreed on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. The theme underlines ITU's commitment to leverage broadband as a catalyst to meet the goals of sustainable development.
The Dubai Declaration states that "Universal and affordable access to telecommunications and information and communication technologies is essential for the world's economic, social and cultural development, and contributes to building a global economy and information society. Widespread access to and accessibility of telecommunications and information and communication technologies applications and services provide new socio-economic opportunities for all people."
The Dubai Action Plan is a comprehensive package that promotes the equitable, affordable, inclusive and sustainable development of telecommunications/ICT networks, applications and services.
The objectives outlined in the Plan are:
- To foster international cooperation on telecommunication and ICT issues
- To foster an enabling environment conducive to ICT development and foster the development of ICT networks as well as relevant applications and services, including bridging the standardization gap
- To enhance confidence and security in the use of ICTs and roll out of relevant applications and services
- To build human and institutional capacity, promote digital inclusion and provide concentrated assistance to countries in special need
- To enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation, and disaster management efforts through telecommunications and ICTs
The sixth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) met from 30 March to 10 April at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It attracted over 1311 participants from 137 countries.
With 1311 participants coming from 137 countries, this has been one of the most well attended and universally represented World Telecommunication Development Conferences.
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