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Telecommunication Development Conferences

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Arusha, 1985)

27 - 30 May 1985 - Arusha, Tanzania

Following the publication in January 1985 of The Missing Link, the report of the Independent Commission for Worldwide Telecommunication Development, an historic first World Telecommunication Development Conference was convened in Arusha at the invitation of the Government of Tanzania. The purpose of the conference was to bring together the Members of the ITU, preferably at the ministerial level, to study and exchange views on the report, to find practical ways of implementing the relevant recommendations, and to discuss a range of issues relevant to the development of telecommunications, particularly in the developing regions of the world. After intensive debate, the Conference endorsed the conclusions and recommendations embodied in the Missing Link report and unanimously adopted the Arusha Declaration on World Telecommunications Development.

Among other points, the Arusha Declaration called on governments and other stakeholders to work to ensure that there would be a telephone within “easy reach” of “virtually the whole of mankind” by the early part of the 21st century. It urged the governments of developing countries to accord a higher priority to the telecommunication sector in their national plans and resource allocations, and the governments and telecommunications manufacturing and operating entities in developed countries to devote greater financial and technical resources to telecommunications within the various aid programmes then available.

World Telecommunication Development Conference
    • Proceedings of the World Telecommunications Development Conference (Arusha, 1985)
      (English)
    • Actes de la Conférence mondiale sur le dévelopement des télécommunications (Arusha, 1985)
      (Français)
    • Actas de la Conferencia sobre el Desarrollo Mundial de las Telecomunicaciones (Arusha, 1985)
      (Español)

Chairman

Mr. John S. Malecela (Tanzania)

Countries participating

93

    List of participants

    • List of Participants of WTDC-85 (Arusha, 1985) [English/French/Spanish]
      (Multilingual)

Further Reading

  • "The Arusha Declaration." Telecommunication Journal 52, no.8 (1985): 441-443.
    (English)

Library Catalogue

  • Link to the Library Catalogue (Arusha, 1985)
    (Multilingual)

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YearConference NameAcronymRegionsPlace

1985

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Arusha, 1985)

WorldArusha

1987

African Telecommunications Development Conference (Tunis, 1987)

Regional - Africa - Development ConferencesTunis

1988

Asia and Pacific Telecommunications Development Conference (New Delhi, 1988)

Regional - Asia and the Pacific - Development ConferencesNew Delhi

1990

African Telecommunication Development Conference (Harare, 1990)

ATDC-90Regional - Africa - Development ConferencesHarare

1991

Regional Telecommunication Development Conference for Europe (Prague, 1991)

EU-RDCRegional - Europe - Development ConferencesPrague

1992

American Regional Telecommunication Development Conference (Acapulco, 1992)

AM-RDCRegional - Americas - Development ConferencesAcapulco

1992

Regional Telecommunication Development Conference for the Arab States (Cairo, 1992)

AR-RDC/92Regional - Arab States - Development ConferencesCairo

1993

Regional Telecommunication Development Conference for Asia and the Pacific (Singapore, 1993)

AS-RDC/93Regional - Asia and the Pacific - Development ConferencesSingapore

1994

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Buenos Aires, 1994)

WTDC-94WorldBuenos Aires

1996

African Regional Telecommunication Development Conference (Abidjan, 1996)

AF-RTDC/96Regional - Africa - Development ConferencesAbidjan

1996

Regional Telecommunication Development Conference for the Arab States (Beirut, 1996)

AR-RTDC-96Regional - Arab States - Development ConferencesBeirut

1998

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Valletta, 1998)

WTDC-98WorldValletta

2002

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Istanbul, 2002)

WTDC-02WorldIstanbul

2006

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Doha, 2006)

WTDC-06WorldDoha

2010

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010)

WTDC-10WorldHyderabad

2014

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Dubai, 2014)

WTDC-14WorldDubai