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World Telecommunication Development Conferences

T​he International Telecommunication Union, through its Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), organizes a World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) in the period between two Plenipotentiary Conferences to consider topics, projects and programmes relevant to telecommunication development. 

WTDCs set the strategies and objectives for the development of telecommunication/ICT, providing future direction and guidance to the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D).

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 will be convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20 October 2017. Details on WTDC-17 are available here.

To coordinate the preparations for WTDC-17 at regional level, BDT is organizing one Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) per region, two in the last quarter of 2016 and four in the first quarter of 2017. More information on these meetings is available here.

Telecommunication Development Conferences - ITU History Portal

WTDC 2017

​In 2017 the World Telecomm​unication Development Conference (WTDC-17) will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 9 to 20 October 2017

WTDC 2014

​In 2014 the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) took place in Dubai, United ​Arab Emirates, from 30 March to 10 April. 

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WTDC 2010

In 2010 the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) took place in Hyderabad, India, from 24 May to 4 June.

Final Report

WTDC 2006

wtdc06.jpgIn 2006 the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-06), took place in Doha, Qatar from 7 to 15 March. 


Final Report

WTDC 2002

wtdc-02.jpgIn 2002 the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-02) was in Istanbul, Turkey from 18 to 27 March.​

Final Report


WTDC 1998

wtdc-98.gifIn 1998 the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-98) took place in Valletta, Malta, from 23 March to 1 April.




WTDC 1994

In 1994 the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-94) took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 21 to 29 March.


Final Report

WTDC 1985

In 1985 the World Telecommunication Development Conference, too​k place in Arusha, Tanzania from 27-30 May.



 ​Final Report