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Much of the work at ITU is done in study groups which comprise diverse expertise. Each study group has a specific focus and participants work together to define the frameworks that will ensure optimum functioning of all services, both existing and future. The main output of a study group is the establishment of technical standards or guidelines (Recommendations).
Many study group experts represent competing commercial interests – yet within the walls of ITU, differences are put aside in order to cooperatively develop systems, share best practice, and formulate principles and guidelines that will serve the interests of the industry as a whole. By providing a neutral platform for global consensus, ITU offers a vital and efficient service to an industry that is already a main driver for social and economic development.
Focus groups provide an effective forum for members and non-members alike to address urgent, market-oriented industry issues that lie outside the mandate of existing study groups.Seminars organized by ITU attract high-level speakers and are an effective opportunity to learn more about a particular topic, while ITU workshops offer an invaluable forum for peer-to-peer exchange of ideas. Workshop outcomes can become inputs to study groups.These events, which are organized all over the world, are a very useful introduction to ITU’s work.
In addition to member-only events and meetings, ITU regularly hosts global and regional events and workshops that are open to non-members. Considered by many to be the global gathering place for the ICT sector, ITU is famous for events like ITU TELECOM WORLD, which brings together the most influential representatives of government and industry to exchange ideas and knowledge for the benefit of all. By connecting the world and fulfilling everyone’s fundamental right to communicate, we strive to make the world a better and safer place.
Developing skills and knowledge'Connecting the unconnected' is not just a question of putting infrastructure in place. Infrastructure has to be supported by effective regulatory strategies and policies and an understanding of future trends: technical, social and economic. ITU brings partners together to discuss these issues, share insights and best practice, and lay the groundwork for long-term industry growth. ITU publishes regular reports highlighting important developments and also has its own ITU Academy programme which trains technicians, regulators, administrators and local communities in how best to use the power of ICTs.
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