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  • Girls in ICT Day 2014 : Panel Session - Opening Remarks
    15 April 2014, Geneva, Switzerland : Let me welcome you to this very busy panel session here at ITU, to celebrate ‘Girls in ICT Day’ a few days early – as you know the actual day is the fourth Thursday in April, which falls on the 24th this year, but local school holidays meant that we had to be a little flexible this time around...

  • Girls in ICT Day 2014 : Introductory Welcome​
    15 April 2014, Geneva, Switzerland : What a tremendous pleasure it is to welcome you here to ITU Headquarters for our ‘Girls in ICT Day’ celebrations this year. It is always incredibly rejuvenating for me to find myself surrounded by so many young, smart people, and it’s an honour to have you with us...

  • World Telecommunication Development Conference : Closing Ceremony
    10 April 2014, Dubai, UAE : We have shared a remarkable two weeks together. After hours and hours of discussion and negotiation, Members, Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society and Academia have forged a common vision and a plan of action, a strategic plan, and a financial plan of for the coming years. Moreover we have created an implementation plan and organized our next study cycle, we have selected the chairs and vice chairs...

  • ITU, UPU sign MoU on new standards for mobile payments
    28 March 2014, Bern : ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré met with the Director General of sister UN agency UPU, Bishar A. Hussein, to discuss challenges and opportunities linked to the rapid global growth of e-commerce at the UPU E-Commerce Forum, which took place from 26-27 March in Bern...

  • World Telecommunication Development Conference : Opening Ceremony
    30 March 2014, Dubai, UAE : It is a great pleasure to be with you here in Dubai today. Let me offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to the United Arab Emirates for all its efforts in the excellent organization and facilities for this conference. I would like to express my thanks to the local authorities of Dubai for their very kind hospitality...

  • World Telecommunication Development Conference : Executive Strategic Dialogue : Closing Remarks
    29 March 2014, Dubai, UAE : I think we are all very much aware that the role of the private sector is essential in bringing broadband access and services to all the world’s people.We therefore need to ensure that there are sufficient incentives to invest in rolling out ICTs, not only in terms of infrastructure but also in new emerging critical technologies such as the internet of things and big data...

  • Maritage International : Opening Remarks
    28 March 2014, New York, USA : It is a great pleasure and a real honour to be here with you this evening, representing Dr Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies...

  • UPU E-Commerce Forum : Keynote Speech
    26 March 2014, Berne, Switzerland : UPU and ITU are the two of the oldest of all the international organizations – ITU was founded in 1865, and UPU was founded just nine years later, in 1874, so together we have a mutual history spanning almost 150 years...

  • Broadband Commission For Digital Development : Closing Remarks​
    23 March 2014, Dublin, Ireland : Once again, I am stunned by the passion and energy you all show for broadband – what can I say? This was our ninth meeting, and for the ninth time in a row it has been a remarkable day, and I am still digesting your rich ideas and insights...

  • Broadband Commission For Digital Development : Opening Remarks
    23 March 2014, Dublin, Ireland : Let me offer you a very warm welcome to Dublin – it is a real pleasure and a great honour to have so many of you here with us today, in this fine city.I would like to thank Denis O’Brien, in particular, for his kind invitation, and for hosting this ninth meeting of the Broadband Commission. Your generous Irish hospitality this weekend has been absolutely tremendous! ...

  • Local Inverstor's Conference on ICT Opportunities for Counties in Kenya : Keynote Address
    12 March 2014, Naivasha, Kenya​ : Let me express my thanks on behalf of ITU to the Communications Commission of Kenya for organizing and hosting this conference, and for giving me this privileged opportunity to address Kenya’s County Governors. Indeed, it is always humbling to visit the Great Rift Valley – the cradle of civilization – and I think this makes it the perfect setting for a conference dedicated to real human opportunities in the 21st century; and by this, of course, I mean ICT opportunities...

  • Council Working Group on Languages : Opening Remarks
    05 March 2014, Geneva, Switzerland : As you know, the Council Working Group on Languages was set up to ensure the effective implementation of PP Resolution 154 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010), concerning the treatment of the six official languages on an equal footing...

  • Council Working Group Strategic Plan and Financial Plan : Opening Remarks
    27 February 2014, Geneva, Switzerland​ : I am very pleased to be with you this morning for this important third meeting of this Council Working Group – and let me take this opportunity right away to express my gratitude to our Chairman, Mario Canazza, and the Vice-Chairs: Hyangsuk Seong, Frederic Riehl, Nasser Al Marzouqi, Egidius Mbarara, and Igor Gurianov...

  • Council Working Group : Finance and Human Resources (CWG-FHR) : Opening Remarks
    24 February 2014, Geneva, Switzerland : I am pleased to be with you this morning, and let me express my gratitude to our Chairman, Mr Bruce Gracie.This is a particularly important meeting of the Council Working Group on Financial and Human Resources, with important budgetary and human resource issues to be discussed ahead of Council in May and Plenipotentiary Conference in October...

  • GCC digital Security Forum
    04 February 2014, Doha, Qatar : It is a real pleasure to join you today in Doha to discuss an issue which is important for the international community and which calls for coordinated action at both international and regional level: Security in the use of ICTs...

  • ITU Staff Meeting
    27 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland : ITU may be one of the oldest organizations in the UN system, but we are also one of the strongest, and that is because of all of you. Many colleagues have left us and new faces have joined us – but we have always remained strong. And we will continue to be strong. This organization has a bright future ahead...

  • Broadband Commission For Digital Development : Working Group on Finance and Investment : Opening Remarks
    16 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland : I am very pleased to be able to join you on this first conference call for the Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Finance and Investment.There is no doubt that finance and investment is an absolutely crucial issue where broadband is concerned. Indeed, it is absolutely essential – if we are to be able to unlock the full promise and potential of this transformative technology...

  • FerMUN 2014 : Closing Ceremony : Closing Remarks
    10 January 2014, Geneva, Switzerland : I am so pleased to be able to join you for this closing ceremony by Skype from Mali – once again demonstrating ITU’s commitment to cutting down on emissions...

  • First International Academia Workshop : Opening Remarks
    20 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand : It is a great pleasure to be here with you this morning at the first International Academia Workshop.Let me start by thanking our host, His Excellency Group Captain Anudith Nakornthap, Minister for Information and Communication Technology, for providing us with such a warm welcome and such excellent facilities...

  • ITU Telecom World 2013 : ITU-MCMC Award Ceremony
    19 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand : It is a great pleasure to be here for the announcement of the winners of the ITU-MCMC Contest to Promote the Transformational Power of Broadband - “Connecting at the Roots”...

  • Dr Touré at ASEAN high-level event
    14 November 2013, Singapore : ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré joined Singapore’s Prime Minister H.E. Lee Hsien Loong and Minister of Communications & Information, H.E. Yaacob Ibrahim; H.E. Mr Mario Montejo, Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology; and H.E. Le Loung Minh, Secretary-General of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the opening of the 12th TELMIN conference in Singapore. This year’s event had the theme Connecting Communities, Co-Creating Possibilities...

  • 13th Asean Telmin opening Ceremony : Opening Remarks
    14 November 2013, Singapore : It is a great honour and a real pleasure to join you at this eminent meeting, and to have the opportunity to say a few words on the great importance ITU accords to the long-standing and strong relationship with ASEAN and its individual member countries...

  • Transform Africa Summit : Closing Remarks
    31 October 2013, Kigali, Rwanda : Six years ago, in this very room, we started out on the Connect Africa journey, charting the way forwards to an African continent connected with broadband...

  • Transform Africa Summit : Keynote / Futurist Talk
    28 October 2013, Kigali, Rwanda : Opportunity is here. It is up to us to seize it. And I am happy to be today with so many of you, who clearly share this excitement and who are committed to contribute to and be part of the Future of Africa...

  • Transform Africa Summit : Opening Remarks
    28 October 2013, Kigali, Rwanda : What a great honour and what a tremendous pleasure it is to be with you here in Kigali this week for the Transform Africa Summit!...

  • PP-14 Host Country Agreement Signing Ceremony
    21 October 2013, Seoul, Republic of Korea: A sound and solid host country agreement is of course indispensable to having a successful conference next year – in terms of logistics, staffing, finances and all of the other important matters which make up the agreement. Of course the host country agreement is just one piece of a much larger jigsaw, and there is much other work that has already been done and much more ongoing over the next twelve months...

  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology: PP-14 Model
    18 October 2013, Seoul, Republic of Korea: As with all of our work, we firmly believe that we can only succeed by working together. In the case of e-waste, this means working together to increase the sharing of resources – including equipment – and the minimizing of waste; including of course recycling wherever possible... 

  • Visit of Dr Touré to the Republic of Korea

    16-23 October 2013, Republic of Korea : ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré’s recent visit to the Republic of Korea culminated in the signing of the host country agreement for the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14), which will take place in the port city of Busan from Monday, 20 October to Friday, 7 November 2014...


  • Réunion des partenaires D'ITU-Impact et des Etats Members : Allocution D'ouverture
    10 OCTOBRE 2013, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso : C'est pour moi un honneur et un réel plaisir de vous retrouver ici au Burkina Faso pour cette importante réunion. Je ne doute pas en effet qu'elle constituera une étape décisive et qu'elle permettra d'harmoniser les efforts déployés au niveau international pour parvenir à une cybersécurité mondiale...

  • ITU-Impact and Member States Meeting : Keynote Speech
    10 October 2013, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso : It is my honour and a real pleasure to be with you here in Burkina Faso today for this important meeting. Indeed, I am sure that it will constitute a major milestone towards the consolidation of an international effort to achieve global cybersecurity...

  • Visit of Dr Touré to Côte d’Ivoire

    3-4 October 2013, Côte d’Ivoire: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Toure was honoured to meet with H.E. Alassane Ouattara , President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; H.E. Bruno Nabagné Koné, Minister of Posts and ICTs; and H.E. Hamed Bagayoko, Minister of State, during a visit to the country to discuss ICT development issues...


  • UN Secretary-General's MDG Advocacy Group : MDG Innovation Forum
    24 September 2013, New York, USA : It is a great pleasure and an honour to be able to address this group, which has been working hard to ensure not only that we achieve solid progress on meeting the MDGs, but also that we create an ambitious post-2015 development agenda....

  • Recipco capacity Exchange Briefing : Beyond Money
    23 September 2013, New York, USA : I am delighted to be here with you this afternoon to discuss this very exciting project, and I would like to thank James and Lois for making this briefing happen...

  • Global Digital Innovation and Investment Summit
    23 September 2013, New York, USA : It is a great pleasure to be here with you today, to discuss a topic that seems to be high on the agenda at a number of the side events to the 68th General Assembly here in New York – namely digital innovation and investment...

  • South-South Breakfast : Investing in Broadband
    22 September 2013, New York, USA : It is a great pleasure to be here with you this morning, and let me thank my good friend Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, President of South-South News, for making this breakfast possible...

  • Broadband Commission for Digital Development : Eighth Meeting : Opening Remarks
    21 September 2013, New York, USA : Let me offer you a very warm welcome to the Yale Club for the eighth meeting of the Broadband Commission. I would very much like to thank each and every one of you for joining us here today and for your continuing passion, participation and involvement. Without you, the Broadband Commission could not succeed...

  • Digital Enlightenment Forum 2013 : Keynote Speech
    18 September 2013, Brussels, Belgium : It is a tremendous honour and a real pleasure to be here with you in Brussels today for the Digital Enlightenment Forum.In terms of global communications, we have made the most extraordinary progress in the first thirteen years of the new Millennium...

  • BYND 2015 Global Youth Summit : Closing Dialog
    11 September 2013, San José , Costa Rica : This has been such an amazing experience. The energy and creativity and brainpower that you have brought to this Summit, here in Costa Rica, online and through the many hubs working hard around the world, has been simply incredible...

  • BYND 2015 Global Youth Summit : Launch of the Tecnobus
    10 September 2013, San José , Costa Rica : I am confident that the TECNOBUS will encourage the safe, responsible and productive use of ICTs, and will also help to strengthen Digital Citizenship and build inter-generational bridges across ICTs...

  • The BYND2015 Global Youth Summit takes place in Costa Rica

    9-11 September 2013, San José, Costa Rica: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré joined over 600 young people and mentors from 68 countries around the world for one common purpose: to give young people around the world a voice, at the first-ever BYND2015 Global Youth Summit...


  • ITU Staff Meeting
    05 September 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : As we return from the summer break, I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the results of this year’s Council session with you, and in particular to say some words about the budget for the next biennium of the Union, which was approved at the Council session in June...

  • Fifth International NGO'S Forum in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Women : Opening Ceremony
    02 September 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great honour and a tremendous pleasure to be with you here in Geneva this morning for the Official Opening of the Fifth International NGO’s Forum in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Women. It gives me the opportunity to congratulate my Sister Princesse Makou Djouma for her dedication and passion to the cause of Women and Children and reitirate the support of my Organisation, the ITU, the UN Agency dealing with Information and Communications Technologies, ICTs...

  • ITU Champion for Child Online Protection (COP)
    22 July 2013, Geneva, Switzerland: Under her Excellency’s guidance, the Federal Republic of Nigeria is now taking extensive steps to ensure a safer online environment for children. Dame Patience is a progressive leader and renowned humanitarian, and she has won numerous accolades for her charitable work involving women and children...

  • First Lady of Nigeria appointed Champion for Child Online Protection (COP)

    22 July 2013, Geneva, Switzerland: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré formally appoints the First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, as Champion for Child Online Protection (COP). Dr Touré praised Dame Patience Jonathan at the inauguration ceremony for her tireless efforts to keep children and young people safe whilst online, expressing his appreciation to the whole of Nigeria for giving their support to the First Lady...


  • ICANN 47
    15 July 2013, Durban, South Africa: I am very pleased that ITU and ICANN are growing in our understanding of one another, and I think it is clear that our two organizations have complementary roles. Could I therefore suggest that the time may be right to move our relationship onto a stronger footing – perhaps through a more formal partnership between our two organizations, focused on greater collaboration and cooperation, while clearly respecting our distinct roles and mandates...

  • Statement from ITU Secretary General on recent revelations from research on SIM cloning

    July 2013: I think the findings of Karsten Nohl on SIM cloning are hugely significant and I applaud his efforts and ground-breaking research. These findings show us where we could be heading in terms of cybersecurity risks but, importantly, Nohl’s work is putting us one step ahead of the risk, which should allow us to work together and ensure that this criminal potential is never realized...


  • ECOSOC 2013 High-Level Segment : Keynote Address
    01 July 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in Geneva this morning.The theme of this year’s Annual Ministerial Review could not be more appropriate: ‘Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the MDGs’...

  • Columbia Institute For Tele-Information (CITI) : Keynote Speech (Via Webex)
    20 June 2013, New York, USA : It is a great pleasure to be able to join you remotely in New York today via WebEx – using the power of technology to bring us closer together.In terms of global communications, we are living through the most exciting period in human history. We are on the brink of seeing as many mobile cellular phones as there are people on the planet, and by the end of this year some 2.7 billion people will be using the Internet; with 2.1 billion active mobile-broadband subscriptions...

  • ITU Council 2013: Closing Remarks
    20 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland: Our Council session this year has been brilliantly chaired by Marius Catalin Marinescu from Romania, who has not only led the Council to a successful conclusion, but has done so ahead of schedule...

  • ITU Council 2013 : State of the Union Address
    11 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It gives me great pleasure to formally welcome you to the 2013 session of ITU Council. Once again, it has been a very important and busy year for ITU. Let me start by asking you to take a moment to honour the memory of some of ITU’s longest-serving supporters who passed away since the 2012 session of Council...

  • Commission on the Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) : Opening Ceremony
    3 June 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be with you here this morning at the 16th Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development.It’s been 10 years since the first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society. It is simply amazing to look back at the situation in 2003 and the situation today...

  • Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG) : Opening Speech
    22 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to welcome you this morning to the 2013 meeting of the Radiocommunication Advisory Group.Before we proceed further, it is with great sadness that ITU mourns the loss of our dear friend and former colleague Mr Abderrazak Berrada, former Member and Chairman of the IFRB...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2013 : Closing Ceremony : Closing Speech
    17 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : As we come to the end of an extraordinary week here in Geneva, I would like to thank you for having joined us for the full five days of the 2013 WSIS Forum.You have contributed passionately towards enriching the content of the forum, and I am touched to see the commitment and dedication each one of you has put into making it a success...

  • World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF-13) : Closing Speech
    16 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : Before I close, let me give my sincere thanks, on behalf of ITU to the Member State delegations which have taken part in the conference, and the States they represent.I would particularly like to thank the Member States that have broadened their delegations to include civil society and industry representatives – and let me once again encourage all Member states to follow this excellent example, at future events, by making their delegations as inclusive and multi-stakeholder as possible...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2013 : High Level Dialogue
    15 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be with you here this afternoon for the 4th edition of the High Level Dialogue on building confidence and security in the use of ICTs...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2013 : COP Partners Meeting : Opening Remarks
    15 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be with you here this morning – and let me start by expressing my sincerest gratitude to Deborah Tate, our COP Special Envoy, and to Sylvia Poll, from the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations, for accepting the invitation to co-chair this important meeting...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2013 : WSIS+10 Plenary Session One : Opening Remarks
    15 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome you all – both those here onsite and all of the WSIS stakeholders following remotely – to WSIS+10 Plenary Session One.It is a tremendous honour this morning to be able to welcome the former UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, who is joining us for this session...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2013 : High Level Dialogue 1
    14 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a tremendous pleasure to be with you this afternoon for this very important High Level Dialogue on Women’s Empowerment in the Information Society...

  • World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF-13) : Opening Press Conference
    14 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : The WTPF is a very different type of event from the big global treaty-making conferences ITU is well-known for, such as the World Radiocommunication Conference which is held every three years or so here in Geneva, or the WCIT-12 event which took place in Dubai last December...

  • World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF-13) : Opening Ceremony : Opening Speech
    14 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a tremendous honour and a real pleasure to welcome you to the fifth World Telecommunication and ICT Policy Forum. We are joined here for this opening ceremony by Her Excellency Doris Leuthard, the Swiss Minister for the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications; Fadi Chehadé, the CEO of ICANN; and Dr Robert Kahn, one of the original founders of the Internet...

  • FMPT-13 - Dialogue Stratégique : Remarques Liminaires
    13 Mai 2013, Genève, Suisse : J'ai l'immense plaisir de vous accueillir cet après-midi à l'occasion du Dialogue stratégique de haut niveau, à la veille de l'ouverture du cinquième Forum mondial des politiques de télécommunication/TIC...

  • WTPF-13 - Strategic Dialogue : Opening Remarks
    13 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome you this afternoon to the High Level Strategic Dialogue, which comes just ahead of the opening of the fifth World Telecommunication Policy Forum tomorrow morning...

  • WSIS Forum 2013 : Press Conference
    13 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : The WSIS Forum is an international multi-stakeholder engagement to meet the goals of the World Summit on the Information Society which met in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2013 : UNGIS - Substantive Session : Opening Remarks
    13 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : As UNGIS members, we have a very important mandate to promote policy coherence and programme coordination in the UN system, and this role becomes more important than ever as the international community builds a common vision for the WSIS Process beyond 2015 and the Post-2015 Development Agenda...

  • ITU WSIS forum 2013 : Opening Ceremony : Opening Speech
    13 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : A very good morning to you all – both onsite here in Geneva and to those of you who are following us remotely all around the world.On behalf of the host and main organizer ITU, and the co-organizers UNESCO, UNDP and UNCTAD, let me offer you the warmest welcome to the WSIS Forum 2013...

  • 7th NTA ICT World Communication Awards : Opening Speech
    07 May 2013, New Delhi, India : It gives me immense pleasure to be here in India on the occasion of the 7th NTA ICT World Communication Awards, hosted by the Communication, Multimedia And Infrastructure Association of India, with the support of the Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization and the Government of India as well as several industry associations...

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University : ICT in Global Development-International Perspective & Challenges
    06 May 2013, New Delhi, India : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in New Delhi this morning – and it is a great privilege to be able to address you at this honourable and prestigious university.Universities are an essential part of the fabric of all great nations, imparting the wisdom of past generations to the leaders of the future, and it seems more than appropriate here to quote from the great Jawaharlal Nehru himself...

  • National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) : Lunch Talk
    04 May 2013, Bangkok, Thailand : It is a tremendous pleasure to be here with you in the wonderful city of Bangkok today – and to have this opportunity to discuss ‘Broadband trends in a converged environment’.As Secretary-General of the ITU, my mission is to ‘Connect the World’ – and I firmly believe that if we can succeed in achieving our mission, then we will see unprecedented social and economic improvement for all...

  • Visit to South-East Asia

    29 April-05 May 2013, South-East Asia: ITU Secretary-General visited Cambodia and Thailand to take part in a number of high-level activities and meet with top politicians, including Thailand’s Prime Minister H.E. Yingluck Shinawatra...


  • Girls in ICT day 2013 : Parliamentary Hearing on Women in ICT
    25 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium : It is a great honour and a tremendous pleasure to be with you here in Brussels to celebrate Girls in ICT Day 2013 – and I am delighted to have this opportunity to address the Parliamentary Hearing on Women in ICT...

  • Girls in ICT day 2013 : Women2020 Breakfast : Panelists Remarks
    25 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium : It’s a tremendous pleasure to be here in Brussels with you today and to get Girls in ICT Day 2013 off to a great start.I know that we are going to hear some interesting commentary and insights on the European situation later on, so let me – as the head of a specialized agency of the United Nations – spend a few minutes looking at the bigger, global, picture, first...

  • European Commission High Level Group on Internet Governance : Keynote Speech
    23 April 2013, Brussels, Belgium : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in Brussels for this meeting of the European Commission’s High Level Group on Internet Governance.I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the key outcomes of the World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT-12, which took place last December in Dubai...

  • Moldova ICT Summit 2013 : Keynote Speech
    17 April 2013, Chisinau, Moldova : It is a great honour and a tremendous pleasure to be here with you in Chisinau this morning for the Ministerial Session of the Moldova ICT Summit.This session addresses the theme of the ‘Digital Agenda for Development’ – and this is a subject which is very close to my heart...

  • Presidential meeting in Moldova

    16-17 April 2013, Chisinau, Moldova: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Toure visited the Republic Moldova at the invitation of the Minister of Information Technology and Communications, H. E. Pavel Filip, to meet with national leaders and participate in the Moldova ICT Summit 2013...​


  • Symposium on International Cybersecurity : Keynote Address
    11 April 2013, California, USA : It is a great pleasure to be here with you at Stanford University for this symposium on international cybersecurity – and to have the opportunity this evening to share with you the key outcomes of the World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT-12, which took place last December in Dubai...

  • Technology, Innovation & Multilingualism : Roundtable Discussion
    03 April 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be able to join you here this afternoon for this roundtable discussion on ‘Technology, Innovation and Multilingualism’ which is being organized by the Organisation Internationale de Francophonie.As those of you who know me well will have heard before, I am personally passionate about multilingualism...

  • Technologie, Innovation et Multilinguisme : Table Ronde
    03 Avril 2013, Genève, Suisse : Je suis très heureux d’être parmi vous cet après-midi pour cette table ronde sur le thème "Technologie, innovation et multilinguisme", organisée par l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.Comme le savent déjà ceux qui me connaissent bien, je suis un fervent partisan du multilinguisme...

  • World Health Day : Panelist Remarks
    03 April 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure and a great honour to be here with you at the World Health Organization this morning for World Health Day...

  • Avaya Forum : The Italian Digital Agenda
    21 March 2013, Rome, Italy : It is a great pleasure to be able to join you in Rome this morning, using the power of technology to attend your forum in Rome from my office here in Geneva.In the second decade of the 21st century, we all recognize the vital importance of broadband as a key enabler for competitiveness and for sustainable social and economic development for all countries...

  • ITU Secretary-General meets with Mexican Government
    20 March 2013, Mexico City, Mexico: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré met with Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transport, Mr Geraldo Ruiz Esparza, to discuss the telecoms sector reforms of Mexican President Peña Nieto, which have just been passed by the Mexican Parliament...

  • Broadband Commission For Digital Development : Closing Remarks
    17 March 2013, Mexico City, Mexico : Once again, I am stunned by the passion and energy you all show for broadband. This has been a remarkable meeting, and I am still digesting your rich ideas and insights.And above all, the passion and energy of our Chairs, Carlos Slim, and President Kagame, for his giving us their insights at the highest level...

  • Broadband Commission for Digital Development - Welcoming Remarks
    17 March 2013, Mexico City, Mexico: Globally, broadband continues to be at the top of the global political agenda – and nowhere was this more clear than at the World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT-12, which took place in Dubai last December...

  • 7th meeting of the Broadband Commission

    17 March 2013, Mexico City, Mexico: ITU Secretary-General Dr. Hamadoun I. Touré joined host Carlos Slim Helú, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova at the 7th meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, held in Mexico City, where an ambitious new target that will mandate ‘gender equality in broadband access by the year 2020’ was agreed upon...


  • Mexico City - Digital Village
    16 March 2013, Mexico City, Mexico: Connecting the unconnected is right at the heart of what ITU does, and is fully-consistent with the significant role we have played in enabling the Internet – through standards, spectrum, fibre optic networks, satellites and much more...

  • Beyond Dubai : A New Global Agenda for the Internet : Opening Speech
    08 March 2013, Rome, Italy : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in Rome today for this workshop entitled ‘Beyond Dubai – A New Global Agenda for the Internet’.As you will know, the ITU’s mission is to connect the world, and to bring the benefits of ICTs to all the world’s people – wherever they live and whatever their circumstances...

  • Statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day
    08 March 2013 : The technology industry itself also represents an exceptional opportunity for girls and women to carve out rewarding careers that offer both economic independence and a stimulating fast-evolving work environment. My own organization is leading global efforts to attract more women into the tech sector, as well as to train women in poorer countries in basic ICT skills, to enable them to find better-paid jobs and even start their own small businesses...

  • Mobile World Congress 2013 : Alcatel: Press Event for Broadband Commission Report on Education
    27 February 2013, Barcelona, Spain : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in Barcelona this afternoon for the launch of Broadband Commission’s Working Group on Education’s new report, entitled ‘Technology, Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda’.This report, which is the principal outcome of the working group on education, highlights a number of key messages...

  • Mobile World Congress Government Mobile Forum : The Roadmap to a Mobile Broadband Future
    26 February 2013, Barcelona, Spain : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in Barcelona this morning for the opening session of the Government Mobile Forum, which will be discussing ‘The Roadmap to a Mobile Broadband Future’.This is a subject that is very close to my heart.At the ITU, our mission is to connect the world, and to bring the benefits of ICTs to all the world’s people – wherever they live and whatever their circumstances. This we do together with our 193 member states and more than 700 sector members drawn from industry, academia and civil society organizations – including many of you in this room...

  • Mobile World Congress 2013 Qtel Group Event : Opening Remarks
    25 February 2013, Barcelona, Spain : I firmly believe that if we can succeed in achieving our mission, then we will see unprecedented social and economic improvement for all, and that we will continue to make bold steps in accelerating progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals – and indeed other sustainable development goals as we move forward...

  • UNGIS 9th High Level Meeting : Opening Remarks
    25 February 2013, Paris, France : Concerning WSIS+10, let me take a moment to update you on actions taken following the ITU Council Resolution last year and my subsequent presentation to the 67th session of the General Assembly.Regarding the WSIS+10 Overall Review, the 67th session resolved that the modalities for the review process will be considered by the end of this year...

  • Launch of new Broadband Commission report on education

    25 February 2013, Paris, France: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré attended the meeting of the Broadband Commission Working Group on Education final meeting on Sunday 24th February, where the Group, led by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, presented its outcome report entitled ‘Technology, Broadband and Education: Advancing the Education for All Agenda’...


  • Broadband Commission For Digital Development Working Group On Education : Opening Remarks
    24 February 2013, Paris, France : A good and well-rounded education is the basis on which future livelihoods and families are founded, and education opens up minds, as well as job prospects.Bring broadband into the picture, and students in developing countries can access prestigious university libraries anywhere in the world; unemployed workers can retrain and improve their job prospects in other fields; and teachers can gain inspiration and advice from the resources and experiences of others...

  • High-tech art show

    20 February, 2013, Geneva, Switzerland: ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré joined artists and diplomats to open a special exhibition on the impact of technology on modern artistic expression. Entitled ‘Connecting the world: Art and the information society’, the exhibition, which was held at the United Nations Palais des Nations, featured the work of local artist Serge Diakonoff and was presided over by host Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, and hosted by Diva International magazine...


  • Beyond Money Roundtable : Welcome Remarks
    7 February 2013, New York, United States : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in New York this afternoon for the Beyond Money Roundtable, which is being kindly hosted by the UN Office for Partnerships and our good friend Amir Dossal. As the Secretary-General of the ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, my mission is to connect the world, and to bring the benefits of ICTs to all the world’s people – wherever they live and whatever their circumstances...

  • GETHealth Global Education & Technology Health Summit : Opening Keynote
    06 February 2013, New York, USA : It is a great pleasure and a great honour to be here with you in New York this morning for the Global Education and Technology Health Summit – GETHealth. I would like to thank the organizers – The Center for Clinical Global Health Education at Johns Hopkins University and the Global Partnerships Forum – for the wonderful programme they have put together...

  • ITU Sec-Gen emphasizes key role of technology in next-generation healthcare

    6-7 February, New York, United States: The two-day summit covered a diverse range of topics around global education and technology. In depth plenary sessions focused on IT infrastructure, distance learning platforms, the Millennium Development Goals, ICT4D, gender empowerment, public-private partnerships, policy development, health education and research and social media...


  • Council Working Group Child Online Protection (COP) : Opening Remarks
    1 February 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be here with you today – and let me offer a very warm welcome to all participants.In the second decade of the 21st century, we are doing an extraordinarily good job of increasing access to ICTs around the world – and in the process we are enriching the lives of everyone on the planet...

  • Council Working Group : International Internet-Related Public Policy : Opening Remarks
    30 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be here with you today – and let me offer a very warm welcome to all participants.This is the first time many of us have met face-to-face since the conclusion of WCIT-12 in Dubai last month, and before we go on to discuss the work of this Council Working Group, I would like to say a few words about the Conference...

  • ITU Ambassadors Information Meeting
    29 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : Presentation by Dr Touré covering GSS, WTSA & WCIT outcomes, and main events for 2013, including WSIS Forum / WTISD (13-17 May); 5th WTPF (13-16 May); 2013 Session of the ITU Council (11-21 June); Global Youth Summit (9-11 September); and ITU Telecom World 2013 (18-21 November)...

  • World Economic Forum (WEF 2013) : Cross-Industry CEO Session
    25 January 2013, Davos, Switzerland : In 2013, we live in a society where almost everyone is connected to information and communication technologies (ICTs) – with over six billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide and more than 2.5 billion people online...

  • World Economic Forum (WEF 2013) : CNBC Summit : Mobile Megatrends
    25 January 2013, Davos, Switzerland : I have the honour, along with Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, to act as one of the co-vice-chairs of the Broadband Commission, which works to advocate for increased broadband rollout and access, as a key tool in accelerating progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals...

  • World Economic Forum (WEF 2013) : Unlocking Value From Personal Data - Finding the Balance
    24 January 2013, Davos, Switzerland : Data gathering and data storing continue to be essential and valuable activities across all societies today.Look at the global ICT data we collect at ITU, for example, which allows everyone to see the state of the global ICT sector, and to see where investment – for example – has been successful, or where it is most needed...

  • World Economic Forum (WEF 2013) : Advancing the G20 Agenda
    23 January 2013, Davos, Switzerland : The new International Telecommunication Regulations chart a globally-agreed roadmap that promises to bring the digital era within reach of the 700 million people around the world who still don’t have mobile phone network coverage and the 4.5 billion people not yet online...

  • FerMUN '13 : Closing Ceremony
    11 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : Since we last met, you’ve been working very hard on your negotiations, and on drafting your Resolutions.Many of you have also been carrying out very valuable support functions, including interpretation, document translation, and liaison between the work of the various Committees...

  • FerMUN 2013 : Press Conference
    09 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : As I said just a few minutes ago during the FerMUN opening ceremony, we at ITU are delighted to welcome this event, which embodies so many of the values that ITU and the UN system stand for.Your presence here testifies to the fact that you are among the brightest and most talented students of your generation...

  • FerMUN '13 : Opening Ceremony : Opening Remarks
    09 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland : Let me offer you a very special welcome this afternoon, and say what a tremendous honour it is for us to host the Lycée International of Ferney-Voltaire’s 2013 Model UN Conference here at ITU headquarters in Geneva...

  • ITU hosts key UN youth event around technology

    09-11 January, Geneva, Switzerland: On Wednesday 9th ITU opened its doors to some 350 students from across Europe as host of the Model UN programme run by the Lycée International of Ferney-Voltaire (FerMUN)...


  • ITU Staff Meeting
    19 December 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be with you here in Geneva, after several weeks away in Dubai – first at the Global Standards Symposium and the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly, WTSA-12, and then at the World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT-12, which finished last Friday...

  • Closing of World Conference On International Telecommunications ( WCIT-12).
    ​​14 December 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates : We are very grateful indeed – and we are very happy to have been able to celebrate UAE’s 41st anniversary together at the beginning of last week, on 2 December.The UAE is a striking example of the importance of ICT development in the modern world, and I congratulate you on your leadership...

  • Statement from Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, Secretary General of the ITU.
    14 December 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates : ​​Tonight in Dubai we have concluded the drafting of the text for the newly revised International Telecommunication Regulations treaty. This treaty contains many gains and achievements including increased transparency in international mobile roaming charges and competition, an extremely important win for consumers...

  • First Plenary of World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)
    03 December 2012 : Dubai, United Arab Emirates : Firstly, however, I would like to take a moment to honour the achievements of the original ITRs which came out of the Melbourne conference in 1988.The 1988 ITRs were negotiated by publicly-minded civil servants and telecom engineers – who were, in those days, one and the same...

  • Opening of World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)
    03 December 2012 : Dubai, United Arab Emirates : Welcome to the official opening of the World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT-12.We are very grateful to be here in Dubai, and I would like to thank the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the United Arab Emirates for the tremendous facilities and the efficient staff and support they have provided...

  • WCIT 2012 : Opening Press Conference
    03 December 2012 : Dubai, United Arab Emirates : This new treaty is about ensuring that the remaining 4.5 billion people are connected, that the remaining one billion have a mobile phone, and that the 650 million people with some type of disability are connected in an affordable and safe manner...

  • WCIT-12 Global Media Briefing
    30 November 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates : There are many important topics on the table at this conference, from combatting the illegal hijacking of telephone country codes, to dealing with unsolicited content, to facilitating emergency call prioritization, to finding ways to bring down the high cost of mobile roaming...

  • World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) : Closing Remarks
    29 November 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates : I would like to congratulate the United Arab Emirates for hosting a very successful event, this success largely being due to the excellent facilities, the highly professional staff, the legendary hospitality, and above all the peace, stability and security of this wonderful Emirate...

  • World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) : Opening Remarks
    20 November 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates : We at ITU are proud to hold this World Telecomunication Standardization Assembly in Dubai, and I would like to thank the Telecommunication Regulation Authority for the wonderful facilities and the efficient staff and support they have provided...

  • Global Standards Symposium (GSS) : Opening Remarks
    19 November 2012, Dubai, United Arab Emirates : It is a great pleasure to be with you here today in Dubai to open this Global Standards Symposium – the first of a series of ITU events to be held in this conference centre over the coming weeks...

  • Radio Regulations Board (RRB), 61st meeting
    12 November 2012, Geneva, Switzerland: The Board is to be commended for its timely and competent work in relation to WRC-12 decisions – and in particular for revising and updating the Rules of Procedure...

  • ITU Telecom World 2012 : Youth and Leaders Debate : Panelist Remarks
    17 October 2012, Dubai, UAE : Young people will benefit from the fully-networked society in ways that we cannot even imagine today – and I am personally looking forward to seeing where the extraordinary marriage of technological advance and human brainpower will lead us...

  • ITU Telecom World 2012 : Leadership Summit : Panelist Remarks
    15 October 2012, Dubai, UAE : Cybercriminals are becoming more skilled both at penetrating organizations and at avoiding detection by IT professionals and law enforcement agencies. Moreover, they are also now so adept at social engineering that the effort to target companies individually – big or small – is becoming less costly...

  • ITU Telecom World 2012 : Forum Opening Conversation : Panelist Remarks
    14 October 2012, Dubai, UAE : It is real pleasure and a great honour to join you for the ‘Forum Opening Conversation’ at ITU Telecom World 2012.Yesterday, at the opening of the Leadership Summit, we discussed the three important strands which together comprised the concept of ‘Forging the Future’ – which are the nature of communications in the future; funding the future; and protecting the future...

  • ITU Telecom World 2012 : Opening Ceremony : Opening Speech
    14 October 2012, Dubai, UAE : It is a real pleasure and great honour to welcome you to ITU Telecom World 2012. Particularly, and I emphasize, particularly, because it is being held in this magnificent and futuristic Dubai – which also happens to be among the best connected cities in the world...

  • Measuring the Information Society 2012 - Report Launch
    11 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland: This is the fourth edition of what I believe is arguably ITU’s most important and valuable publication, and I am pleased that for the first time we have the opportunity of holding an event for the wider Geneva community rather than just the media...

  • ITU Patent Roundtable
    10 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland: This roundtable is timely and appropriate, in an environment where I am seeing an increase in the use of standard essential patent litigation around the world...

  • Public Briefing Session on WCIT-12 : Opening Remarks
    09 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a tremendous pleasure to be here with you this afternoon for this public briefing on WCIT-12, the conference that is being held in just two months time to look at ways of revising the International Telecommunication Regulations, the ITRs...

  • Universal Postal Union (UPU) Ministerial Conference : Panelist's Remarks
    08 October 2012, Doha, Qatar : It is a tremendous pleasure and an honour to be here with you this morning for the Universal Postal Union’s first-ever Ministerial Conference, which is part of the 25th UPU Congress.As Secretary-General of ITU I am of course very pleased to have been asked to be a panelist in a discussion about technology and communication, because this is at the heart of everything we do at ITU...

  • Global Symposium For Regulators 2012 : Opening Press Conference
    02 October 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka : As the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technology, ITU is committed to helping connect all the world’s people. That commitment saw us launch this important symposium just over 10 years ago, and I am very happy to see that under the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr Brahima Sanou, this event continues to go from strength to strength, growing in influence worldwide as THE single unmissable annual gathering of the global regulatory community...

  • Global Symposium For Regulators 2012 : Opening Ceremony
    02 October 2012, Colombo, Srilanka : This year, on the eve of the GSR, in addition to the Regulatory Associations’ meeting, we have held for the first time ever a meeting of the Chief Regulatory Officers of the ITU-D Sector Members, and I am very happy to have learned that their contribution to the agenda of our activities in the regulatory domain has been most valuable...

  • WHO Joint Commissions Event
    26 September 2012, New York, USA: The complementary areas of e-health and m-health continue to be growing priorities for ITU, and our membership has been very active in putting forward health-related resolutions at our major institutional conferences – resolutions which have received strong support from all quarters...

  • Columbia University Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) : WCIT-12 - Myths and Reality
    24 September 2012, New York, USA : In December this year, as you all know, ITU will host the World Conference on International Telecommunications, WCIT-12, in Dubai to look at ways of revising the International Telecommunication Regulations.The conference has attracted an enormous amount of interest and media coverage – especially here in the United States, but not always for the right reasons...

  • Broadband Commission for Digital Development : Closing Remarks
    23 September 2012, New York, USA : This has been a very diverse, thought-provoking and intriguing meeting. We have heard from some very inspiring people, with lots of fresh thinking. And I always benefit from the incredible energy that comes through our discussions...

  • Broadband Commission for Digital Development : Co-Vice-Chair's Welcoming Remarks
    23 September 2012, New York, USA : Let me offer you a very warm welcome to the Yale Club for the sixth meeting of the Commission, and the second meeting to be held here in New York.It is a real pleasure and a great honour to have so many Commissioners and their representatives here with us today, in this fine establishment...

  • ICT Network - Virtual Session : Chair's Opening Remarks
    21 September 2012, New York, USA : At ITU, we have been seeing increased remote participation across all of our work, and notably in the Study Groups which work to create new standards and recommendations, and which feature strong participation from the private sector – which has in the past been somewhat ahead of the UN agencies in terms of modern working practices...

  • DNA Summit Power Breakfast
    26 July 2012, London, United Kingdom: It is my honour today to present a Lifetime Achievement award to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a truly pivotal figure in the Information Society. Tim’s work with Robert Cailliau in 1990, on implementing the first successful communication between an HTTP client and an Internet server, marks the founding of the World Wide Web, and the beginning of the global information revolution...

  • Connect Americas Summit 2012 - Opening remarks
    18 July 2012, Panama City, Panama: In terms of information and communication technologies, the Americas region is one of the world’s most dynamic markets. Mobile cellular telephony in particular has already proved spectacularly successful, with mobile penetration across the region as a whole now at over 100%...

  • ITU Council 2012 : Closing Remarks
    12 July 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It is my great pleasure to address these closing remarks to you at ITU Council 2012.Our Council session this year has been brilliantly chaired by Ahmet Cavusoglu from Turkey who not only led the Council to a successful conclusion, but did so in record time...

  • ITU World Café @Council 2012 : Opening Remarks
    10 July 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : Good afternoon, and welcome to the ITU World Café at Council 2012.I was reminded last week why French is such a good language – because in French ‘le problème’ is masculine, while ‘la solution’ is feminine!...

  • ITU Council 2012 : State of the Union Address
    04 July 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It gives me great pleasure to formally welcome you to the 2012 session of ITU Council.It is just eight months since we last met, in October last year, but it has been a very important and busy eight months for ITU...

  • Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG) : Opening Remarks
    25 June 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to welcome you here on behalf of the Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun Touré, who cannot unfortunately be with us today as he is speaking at a broadband event in Stockholm this morning...

  • Broadband For All : Keynote Speech
    25 June 2012, Stockholm, Sweden : I would very much like to thank Hans Vestberg for his kind invitation to be with you here today. Hans is of course not just the CEO of Ericsson, but also plays an important role on the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, which I will say a little more about in a short while...

  • Global Media Briefing on WCIT : Opening Remarks
    22 June 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be able to join you today right after the final meeting here in Geneva of the Council Working Group on WCIT, which has led the preparatory process for this landmark conference, and which concluded its work about 30 minutes ago…

  • Council Working Group - WCIT-12 : Opening Remarks
    20 June 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight on a number of important issues which have found their way into various realms of the public domain over the past few months, and which have not – on the whole – been helpful in terms of clarifying the plain facts and the potential benefits we can hope to achieve through the WCIT-12 event...

  • Workshop on Sector Membership : Opening Remarks
    18 June 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : The diversity of our membership is a key strength. With 193 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates from industry, international and regional organizations and most recently, academia, ITU is a formidable organization, and quite unique within the UN family...

  • Global leaders Broadband and USF Forum : Promoting Broadband - Why & How ?
    23 May 2012, Istanbul, Turkey : I am especially pleased to be here with you for this Forum, because I spend much of my time advocating the benefits of broadband – both in my role as Secretary-General of ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies, and also in my role as co-Vice-Chair of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development...

  • UN Commission for Science & Technology for Development (CSTD) : Building The Information Society - Then & Now
    21 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : I am always delighted to visit UNCTAD and the CSTD, as we have enjoyed close working relationships between our organizations for a long time now. In this respect, I am particularly pleased to see Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi again, a Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and fellow believer in the power of broadband to transform lives around the world and improve development outcomes for the better...

  • WSIS Forum 2012 - Closing Ceremony
    18 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : Welcome to the closing ceremony of the WSIS Forum 2012. I would like to thank all of you for your participation, your enthusiasm and your commitment to ensuring that the vision of the WSIS to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society for all becomes a true reality...

  • WSIS Forum 2012 - WSIS + 10
    18 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : This is the last plenary session of what has been a very busy week. We will look at the WSIS +10 process and offer an opportunity to draw conclusions based on the discussions and inputs made during the five days of the WSIS Forum 2012...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2012: Impact Partners Meeting
    17 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland: The global nature of cyberthreats poses challenges which can only be addressed through international cooperation by acknowledged experts and representatives from organizations to enhance the global community’s capabilities in dealing with those threats...

  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2012
    16 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland: The theme of this World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – Women and Girls in ICT – will ensure that we pull together all our resources to provide the best possible opportunities for this significant half of the world’s population to benefit from ICTs...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2012: ICT Discovery - Official Opening
    15 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland: The ICT Discovery is the place where ITU highlights the history of information and communication technologies, ICTs, and demonstrates their achievements, and how they completely have transformed our lives...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2012 : High Level Dialogue - The Governance of Cyberspace and Cyberpeace
    15 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : ​It is a great pleasure to be with you here this afternoon for the High Level Dialogue on the Governance of Cyberspace and Cyberpeace.I am honoured to be part of this very important panel and to be able to address one of the most important topics of our time – which is the issue of cyber criminality and the illicit use of information and communication technologies, ICTs...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2012 : Press Conference
    14 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : We are honoured by very high-level participation in the WSIS Forum – with more than 40 ministers, top-level participation from NGOs and International Organizations, C-level representatives from the private sector and civil society, and more than 1,200 delegates from over 160 countries...

  • ITU WSIS Forum 2012 : UNGIS - High Level Segment
    14 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a great pleasure to be with you here this morning for the High Level Segment of the 8th meeting of the United Nations Group on the Information Society, UNGIS.Since 2006, when UNGIS was endorsed by the Chief Executives Board, UNGIS has been serving as an inter-agency mechanism to coordinate substantive policy issues facing the UN system’s implementation of the Geneva Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda for the Information Society...

  • WSIS Forum 2012 : Opening Ceremony
    14 May 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : Once again, we are honoured by very high-level participation in this event – with more than 40 ministers, several C-level representatives from the private sector and civil society, and more than 1,200 senior WSIS stakeholders...

  • 6th National Telecom Awards : Opening Speech
    ​8 May 2012, New Delhi, India : These 6th National Telecom Awards will identify and recognize outstanding contributions to the field of communications, ICTs, multimedia and infrastructure, offering well-deserved congratulations to companies which have shown outstanding research, development and innovations in the ICT sector...

  • International Girls in ICT Day 2012 : Welcoming Remarks
    26 April 2012, New York, USA : What a tremendous pleasure and an honour it is to be here with you in New York this morning to celebrate ‘International Girls in ICT Day 2012’. And let me echo the moderator’s remarks just now by thanking Jasna Matić, Serbia’s State Secretary for the Digital Agenda, for getting the whole ‘Girls in ICT Day’ idea off the ground in the first place...

  • Every Woman Every Child - Innovation Working Group : Welcome Remarks
    25 April 2012, New York, United States  : In preparing for this meeting and reviewing the background documents, I was pleased to see that the prominent role of technologies was clearly recognized, as I truly believe that ICTs can dramatically improve the delivery of health services around the world, and in particular save the lives of both pregnant women and new-born babies...

  • UNCTAD – Global Services Forum : Services Trade and Inclusive and Sustainable Development
    19 April 2012, Doha, Qatar : ICT continues to transform the services sector. The ongoing diffusion of ICTs and a new wave of ICT applications enabled by broadband, mobile phones and sensor networks are spreading rapidly throughout the economy and creating more inclusive, innovative and high-impact services. This opens up windows for innovation and trade opportunities for both developed and developing countries...

  • University of Belgrade : The Future of Broadband
    04 April 2012, Belgrade, Serbia : As leader of the International Telecommunication Union, I would like to share with you my passion to ‘Connect the World’ – and in particular to ensure that the digital divide is not allowed to become a broadband divide...

  • Broadband Commission for Digital Development : Closing Remarks
    02 April 2012, Ohrid, Macedonia : This has been the fifth full meeting of the Commission, and once again I find that after these amazing conversations my mind is brimming with all the good ideas I have heard, the inspirational thoughts, and the incredible energy that has come through our discussions...

  • The Effects of the Internet on the Economy and Social Life : Keynote Speech
    30 March 2012, Istanbul, Turkey : In our modern, hyperconnected world it is easy to forget that just twenty or thirty years ago most people on the planet did not have access to even basic telecommunications.Today, we live in a world where we have six billion mobile cellular subscriptions, and where 2.4 billion people use the Internet...

  • ITU Connect Arab Summit : Closing Ceremony
    7 March 2012, Doha, Qatar : We have met – and indeed exceeded – our stated targets and goals. This is a result of your contributions. There are no big or small contributions. It is important to note that: Action, no matter how small it is can make a huge difference in people’s lives – a true case of small initiatives causing big ripples. In the post-Summit period, let us keep on reminding ourselves that for there to be meaningful change, I MUST play my part!...

  • ITU Connect Arab Summit : Opening Ceremony : Keynote Address
    6 March 2012 Doha, Qatar : The participants at this Summit represent a whole cross-section of society. This reinforces the undisputable, undeniable and inescapable truth that, a truly global information society can only emerge out of well-thought, multi-stakeholder-based approach paving way for facilitative cooperation, coordination and collaboration...

  • QITCOM 2012 : Opening Ceremony : Keynote Speech
    5 March 2012 Doha, Qatar : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in Doha this morning, and to share this opening session with two such high calibre speakers – Dr Hessa Al Jaber, who is not only Secretary-General of ICT Qatar, but who has also just joined the Broadband Commission for Digital Development; and Mr Rashid Al-Naimi, Chairman and CEO of MEEZA, and Vice President of Administration of the Qatar Foundation...

  • Mobile World Congress (MWC 2012) : Government Mobile Forum
    28 February 2012, Barcelona, Spain : Over the past twenty years or so we have seen an extraordinary transition from a world where most people did not have access to even basic telecommunications, to a world where we have six billion mobile cellular subscriptions, and where 2.3 billion people use the Internet...

  • Mobile World Congress (MWC 2012) : Huawei Broadway Forum
    27 February 2012, Barcelona, Spain : It is a great pleasure to be here with you in Barcelona this afternoon, and to have this opportunity to discuss with you the importance of broadband in social and economic development.The past twenty years has been an extraordinary time for the development of information and communication technologies, and with the ‘mobile miracle’ we have brought the benefits of ICTs within reach of virtually all the world’s people...

  • World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 - Closing remarks
    ​17 February 2012, Geneva Switzerland: The conference has been totally responsive to the expectations of membership, and the outcomes are not just far-reaching, but have been achieved – in the renowned tradition of ITU – leaving all delegates and delegations equally happy with the results...

  • Arab Telecom & Internet Forum 2012 : Opening Speech
    02 February 2012, Beirut, Lebanon : It is a tremendously important conference, not just for ITU, but for the global ICT sector, and I am looking forward to the debates there which will shape the next 20 years of the most exciting business in the world – the business of ICTs...

  • World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) : Opening Ceremony
    23 January 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : The honour of opening ITU’s busy calendar of major events in 2012 falls to the Radiocommunication Sector, and this year’s WRC promises to be the most important and well-attended edition ever – with over 3,000 registered participants, and more than 2,000 individual proposals...​

  • Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-12) : Closing Remarks
    20 January 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a testament to ITU’s important place in the world that the discussion surrounding UTC and the leap second has been taking place, here, at RA-12, and it will be very interesting to see how this issue is eventually resolved at RA-15 and WRC-15 – because I am convinced, with the power of ITU’s membership, that this is indeed an issue we can indeed resolve, together...

  • Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-12) : Opening Ceremony
    16 January 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : This is the first Radiocommunication Assembly under the new Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, Mr François Rancy, and I would like to commend him and his staff for their excellent preparatory work and organization of this event...

  • Telecommunication Standardization Advisory Group (TSAG) : Welcome Remarks
    10 January 2012, Geneva, Switzerland : TSAG has an important role in steering the work of the Standardization Sector towards this honourable goal.Under the sound guidance of our excellent chairman Bruce Gracie – and chairmen past – TSAG has helped to keep ITU-T well on-course with regard to the key objectives established for the Union...​

  • ECOSOC - Special Event on Cybersecurity
    9 December 2011, New York, United States: Cybersecurity is clearly one of the greatest issues of our times, and it will continue to grow in importance. In 2011, we live in a society where almost everyone is connected to information and communication technologies (ICTs) – with close to six billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide and more than 2.3 billion people online...

  • M-Health Summit : Lunchon Keynote Speech
    06 December 2011, Washington DC, USA : I firmly believe that m-health applications in particular will be key in providing affordable, sustainable, quality primary health services – especially to patients in rural areas...​

  • M-Enabling Summit : Introductory Remarks
    05 December 2011, Washington DC, USA : It is a great pleasure to be with you here in Washington this morning for the m-enabling summit – which is being organized by G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission, and ITU, the United Nations Specialized Agency for ICTs...

  • Bakutel : Opening Ceremony
    23 November 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan : It is a great pleasure to be with you here in Baku today, for the opening of the 17th edition of BakuTel, the largest ICT event in the Caspian and Caucasus regions...​

  • London Conference on Cyberspace : Deployment and Impact of ICTs and Cybersecurity
    02 November 2011, London, UK: Cybersecurity is a global issue requiring global solutions. Given the scale of the threats, we can no longer rely on ad hoc solutions, or hope to survive by strengthening our defences after a cyberattack has occurred. So we must work together to set international policies and standards, and to build an international framework for cybersecurity..​.

  • Message on Human Rights and Development at the Regular Session of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination
    28 October 2011, New York, United States: When we speak about people’s right to communicate and to access information we must understand this in a global setting where the distinctions between content and connectivity are rapidly eroding. We can no longer separate the content people crave from the infrastructure that channels it. If Article 19 is to resonate in the 21st century then it arguably needs to include access to new media, the internet and even wireless broadband networks...

  • ITU Telecom World 2011 : Forum Closing
    27 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland:By the time we next meet there will certainly be more than six billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide and I expect there to be more than two and a half billion people online...​

  • ICT Discovery
    25 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: It is a truly great honour to welcome you to the official inauguration of ICT Discovery. This is where ITU highlights the history of information and communication technologies, their achievements, and how they have transformed our lives...

  • Popov Room re-opening
    25 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: What a tremendous honour and pleasure it is to welcome you to the official re-opening of the ITU’s most important conference room, which has now been extensively refurbished. This was made possible by the generous funding – to the tune of five million Swiss Francs – by the Russian Federation, through the National Radio-Technical Bureau, represented today by its General Director, Viktor Prikhodko...

  • ITU Telecom World 2011 - Press Conference
    25 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: Anyone who has been to earlier editions of this event will see some quite radical changes here this week – the most important of which are the hugely increased levels of inclusion and interactivity...

  • ITU TELECOM WORLD 2011:Event Launch
    25 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: Can you imagine the world today without being able to search for things online? Without being able to send and receive text messages? Without email or online shopping or mobile devices which keep you in touch anywhere, anytime?​

  • ITU Telecom World 2011: Opening Ceremony
    25 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: ITU Telecom World has become a genuine conversation this year, reflecting the concerns and dreams and visions not just of people here in Palexpo this week, but remote delegates on every continent, participating via homes, schools, telecentres, and businesses large and small...​

  • Broadband Leadership Summit 2011
    24 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: I am absolutely convinced that broadband will be the defining technology of the early 21st century. It will revolutionize the lives of everyone, everywhere. It will help deliver radical improvements in healthcare, education, transportation, utility supplies and government services...

  • ITU Council 2011 - Closing Comments
    21 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: This Session of Council was attended by 343 participants representing the 48 Member States of Council, 33 Member State Observers, and 7 Sector Member Observers...

  • ITU Council 2011 - State of the Union Address
    11 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: It has been another very important year for ITU and indeed for the global economy. And this is my key message today: there is no longer any part of modern life on planet earth that is not directly impacted by ICTs and by the work we do here at ITU...

  • Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
    27 September 2011, Nairobi, Kenya: ITU remains firmly committed to the WSIS process, which has made considerable progress in many areas in advancing the implementation of the WSIS outcomes...

  • High-level Ministerial Forum
    26 September 2011, Nairobi, Kenya: This Ministerial Forum provides a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by information and communications technologies – ICTs – in developing countries...

  • Global Symposium for Regulators 2011
    21 September 2011, Armenia City, Colombia: Broadband is the most powerful tool we have to accelerate progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, and to drive social and economic progress on a global scale...

  • FUTURECOM 2011 – Premium Keynote Address
    12 September 2011, São Paulo, Brazil: The Internet as Basic Infrastructure in the 21st Century: Why Everybody Needs Access To BroadbandIt is significant that Futurecom is held here in Brazil – because of course Brazil has made quite extraordinary progress in ICT development over the past few years. Indeed, last year saw the number of mobile cellular subscriptions here reach 200 million, giving a mobile cellular penetration of over 100% – compared to just 13% a decade earlier...

  • Broadband Commission Working Group on Youth - Opening Remarks
    ​8 September 2011, Kigali, Ewanda: We need to bring the benefits of the broadband revolution to everyone – wherever they live and whatever their circumstances. Broadband is the most powerful tool we have to accelerate progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals, and to drive social and economic progress on a global scale...

  • Dr. Touré honoured by Bucks New University
    7 September 2011 – United Kingdom: The joint efforts of Buckinghamshire New University, BNU, and the International Telecommunication Union, ITU, have allowed us to help spread knowledge and expertise to where it is needed most...

  • Green Standards Week - Opening Ceremony
    6 September 2011, Rome, Italy: It is a great pleasure for me to be here with you today in Rome for the Opening Ceremony of Green Standards WeekOver the coming days there will be opportunities to discuss – in a very full programme – ways of improving energy efficiency; smart applications to support future growth while caring for the environment; driving the transition to a low carbon economy; and measuring, monitoring and adapting to climate change...

  • Razzakov Kyrgyz State Technical University
    30 August 2011, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic: In recent years, the CIS has been a most dynamic region in the ICT sector, particularly in the area of mobile communications. Between 2000 and 2010, growth reached 67 per cent in the CIS and no less than 88 per cent in the Kyrgyz Republic, which had reached mobile cellular teledensity approaching 100 per cent by the beginning of this year; a tremendous achievement...

  • CANTO – 27th Annual Conference & Trade Exhibition 2011
    10 July 2011, Paramaribo, Suriname: With over 100 members from more than 30 countries, CANTO is not only the leading telecommunications trade organization in this region, but also plays an important role in ITU – and we are very grateful for CANTO’s support for and participation in ITU’s work...


  • IV International Congress on Telecommunication, Information Technologies and Communication
    6 July 2011, Quito, Ecuador: It is no exaggeration to say that information and communication technologies – ICTs – are fast revolutionizing every aspect of the world in which we live. Here in Latin America, quite exceptional progress has been shown in ICT development, particularly in mobile cellular communications. Indeed, a number of countries in the region – including Ecuador of course – now have mobile penetrations comfortably exceeding 100%...


  • M-health – Geneva Dialogue: The potential of m-health for development
    27 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: Throughthese multi-stakeholder initiatives we are making our best efforts to promote the potential of ICTs for Health and we are looking at ways in which m-health and e-health projects can be scaled up in the real world. Most importantly we are trying to link the ICT world with the medical world...


  • CommunicAsia 2011 - Roundtable: Challenges for Broadband in Asia
    22 June 2011, Singapore: “We’ve heard a great deal about the mobile miracle; how can that be replicated for broadband – especially in Asia?” - That’s a very good question. And that’s one of the main reasons ITU set up the Broadband Commission for Digital Development with UNESCO last year...


  • CommunicAsia 2011 - Broadband in Asia – Challenges & Trends
    22 June 2011, Singapore: At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders put forward a bold and brave challenge: nothing less than to end poverty around the globe. The task was defined in a set of Millennium Development Goals, the MDGs, which have a target date of 2015...


  • ITU Asia Pacific Regional Forum - Digital Inclusion for All
    21 June 2011, Singapore: According to ITU figures, there are now well over five billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and more than two billion Internet users. Over 90% of the global population is covered by a mobile phone network, and even in rural areas of some developing countries, more than half of all households have mobile services...


  • 7th Ministerial Forum - ICT-Enabled Communities
    20 June 2011, Singapore: ICT — and especially broadband Internet connectivity — offers a uniquely powerful way to accelerate social and economic development. Communities that lack ICT access and ICT know-how risk being left behind...


  • Workshop on ‘White Book’ for Angola
    13 June 2011, Luanda, Angola: Since the publication of your last ‘white book’ in the late 1990s, and after peace was reached, the ICT sector in Angola has achieved significant growth, with overall teledensity increasing from just 7% in 2005 to over 50% by the beginning of last year...


  • Radiocommunication Advisory Group
    8 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: The Radiocommunication Sector is entering a critical busy period with the holding of the RA and WRC in early 2012. The challenge of leading these two major events towards successful outcomes, I am sure, will be efficiently met by the Director, Mr Rancy...


  • Third Meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development - Closing Remarks
    6 June 2011, Paris, France: As I said in my first remarks this morning, it is time to move beyond reports, and to focus on concrete projects; real on-the-ground initiatives; and innovative, grass-roots solutions. Let’s make a difference where it really counts: in the homes and the lives of the billions of underserved people everywhere...


  • Second Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit
    1 June 2011, London, United Kingdom: We live in a world where information and communication technologies – ICTs – have become ubiquitous, and now perform an essential function in education, health, finance, trade, energy and indeed every other sector. Over the past few months we have also seen the dramatic and catalytic role that ICTs are now playing in modern diplomacy and the political arena – for example with Wiki-leaks, and across the Middle East...


  • International Youth Congress on Digital Citizenship
    31 May 2011, London, United Kingdom: I would like to say a few words about the importance of broadband. I’m sure that many people here today – especially young people from developed countries – already take broadband for granted as part of everyday life...


  • UNGIS: Open Consultations on the Overall Implementation of the WSIS Outcomes (WSIS+10)
    20 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: In my function as UNGIS Chair for 2011/2012, it is my pleasure to initiate the open consultation process through this meeting. And I am very happy to see that from the beginning of this process we have with us so many representative of governments, civil society, the private sector and international organizations...

  • High Level Dialogue on Confidence and Security in Cyberspace
    19 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: Cybersecurity was a hot topic during the Tunis phase of WSIS, and ITU’s concrete response was to launch the Global Cybersecurity Agenda in 2007, as a global framework for international cooperation. More recently, we are proud to have forged a strong and highly supportive relationship with IMPACT – the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Threats...


  • Parliamentary Forum - Opening Ceremony
    18 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: This is the Fourth Parliamentary Forum on Shaping the Information Society. And this year we will be addressing ‘The Triple Challenge of Cybersecurity: Information; Citizens; and Infrastructure’. The Forum is being organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and of course the ITU...


  • Broadband Commission Working Group on Youth - Young People’s Solutions to Global Challenges
    17​ May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: These Broadband Commission thematic Working Groups offer a valuable opportunity to focus on specific issues and concrete outputs within the greater broadband theme. The working groups will present an outline of their work to the third meeting of the Broadband Commission in Paris in June. They will then deliver their outcomes at the Broadband Leadership Summit in October, here in Geneva...


  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
    17 May 2011, Geneva: This year, as we celebrate ITU’s 146th anniversary, we focus our attention on the world’s rural communities in our quest to connect the remotest corners of the globe to the benefits delivered by information and communication technologies, ICTs...


  • WSIS Forum 2011: Press conference
    16 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland:
    Let me take this opportunity to stress the importance of the targets set at the World Summit for the Information Society in 2005, and of the WSIS process. As you know, WSIS was the first truly global event that embraced the views and visions of a whole host of different stakeholders. The WSIS process continues in that spirit, as a highly inclusive global process that actively solicits the contributions of different players around the world...


  • WSIS Forum 2011: UNGIS High Level Segment
    16 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: ICTs not only enable rapid progress in meeting the WSIS targets and the Millennium Development Goals, but – in the 21st century – ICTs also represent the single best tool we have for advancing social and economic development...


  • WSIS Forum 2011 - Opening ceremony
    16 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: Let me welcome you all, on behalf of ITU – including more than 20 ministers, 150 members of parliament who are here today, and other honourable guests. More than 1,000 stakeholders have registered to this meeting, and other participants are following us remotely...


  • 37th Meeting of the EUTELSAT Assembly of Parties
    11 May 2011, Paris, France: I would like to say a special thank you to the Executive Secretary, Christian Roisse, not just for inviting me here today, but also for having agreed to join us on the Broadband Commission for Digital Development. The Broadband Commission was launched last year by ITU, in conjunction with UNESCO, to help stimulate broadband infrastructure roll-out across the whole world, and to bring the benefits of broadband to all the world’s people...


  • Speech to Parliamentarians
    ​21 April 2011, Burundi: Over the past decade, we have seen information and communication technologies become ubiquitous and pervasive, and we have seen their influence spread into all domains of human activity.


  • Speech to Government Retreat
    20 April 2011, Burundi: It is a great pleasure and an honour to be with you here in Burundi today and to be able to discuss with you the importance of information and communication technologies in the 21st century.


  • Special ICT Ministerial Forum
    11 April 2011, Nouméa, New Caledonia:
    ICTs increasingly play a key role in the development of all three sectors, and hence this initiative from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, in organizing a cross-sectoral ministerial meeting, is both worthy and much appreciated. Increasingly, we will need to address all ICT issues on a cross-sectoral basis, and this is a tremendous start...


  • PITA Annual General Meeting
    11 April 2011, Nouméa, New Caledonia: Since its foundation, PITA has worked tirelessly to further ICT development across the Pacific islands and to develop the necessary mechanisms to support cooperation and complementarity between PITA members. You have also done excellent work in promoting and enriching common policies and strategies to develop vital technological domains...


  • Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum
    10 April 2011, Nouméa, New Caledonia: The IGF was therefore created in accordance with paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda, as a fresh start to pave the way for discussions on a number of issues, including public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance, in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet...


  • Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition
    30 March 2011, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
    I would therefore like to take this opportunity this afternoon not just to sum up, but to help us leave Dubai today with a sense of purpose and optimism – strengthened in our resolve to make the best possible use of ICTs in addressing and responding to humanitarian crises, now and in the future. ICTs play a crucial role in several different areas, including monitoring and warning; disaster preparedness; and response. Let me address these one at a time...


  • Middle East Spectrum Conference 2011
    29 March 2011, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: This conference comes at a particularly opportune time, with spectrum issues now being a top priority for all of us. As Secretary-General of ITU, where spectrum issues are discussed, debated and managed on a global basis, I wholeheartedly applaud such conferences and forums. We are already seeing many positive developments in spectrum management, with spectrum re-farming and trading now becoming a reality...


  • Conference on Wireless Sensors Technologies for Environmental Monitoring
    10 March 2011, Trieste, Italy: Today, we truly live in a world of ubiquitous connectivity. I am not referring simply to the fact that there are more than five billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, or that there are now over two billion people online – although these facts are of course very significant. No, I am referring instead to the fact that in the second decade of the twenty-first century, almost everything we encounter in our professional and personal lives is now inter-connected in one way or another...


  • LDC IV – Pre-Conference Event - Digital Inclusion for LDCs: Innovation – Growth - Sustainability
    8 March 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: I am sure that you are all aware of ITU’s passionate commitment to the world’s Least Developed Countries. Since the Third United Nations Conference for LDCs in 2001, ITU World Telecommunication Development Conferences and ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences have adopted specific resolutions in favour of LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States...


  • ICT Consumers' Forum
    2 March 2011, Moroni, Comoros: ICTs help us fulfil our mandate to ‘Connect the World’. They also help to generate jobs, and are key in driving growth, productivity and long-term economic competitiveness. ICTs are the most powerful tool we have for achieving social and economic progress on a global scale...


  • Conference Preparatory Meeting 2011 (CPM11-2)
    25 February 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: Over these two weeks, CPM11-2 addressed a variety of spectrum-related matters dealing with the future development of radiocommunications, enabling convergence and coordination of all radio services. The global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits is essential to extend the reach of information and communication technologies to all corners of the world...


  • Mobile World Congress - Government Mobile Forum
    15 February 2011, Barcelona, Spain: We have seen the most extraordinary progress in ICT development in the past decade, especially in mobile communications. I hardly need to remind anyone here at the Mobile World Congress that at the end of the 1990s there were fewer than 500 million mobile cellular subscriptions globally. Or that today, there are well over five billion...


  • Mobile World Congress: LTE TDD/FDD International Summit
    14 February 2011, Barcelona, Spain: China Mobile is the world’s most valuable mobile telecommunications company. It is the builder of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications network. And it is of course the operator with far and away the largest number of mobile cellular subscriptions in the world – with almost 600 million customers at the end of last year, and over 20 million 3G customers. As such, China Mobile is a beacon not just in mobile telecommunications, but across the whole ICT sector...


  • ITU-T Standardization and other key ITU Activities
    8 February 2011, Havana, Cuba: As players from certain regions of the world increase their influence in the development of ITU-T global ICT standards, major players, SMEs and academia from Latin American and Caribbean countries risk being left behind...


  • Informática 2011 - Opening remarks
    7 February 2011, Havana, Cuba: This event reflects the growing importance of information and communication technologies – ICTs – in the world we live in today, and perhaps this is a good moment to take stock of what has already been achieved...


  • ITU Staff Meeting
    31 January 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: As you will know, two weeks ago we held a formal inauguration ceremony for the five elected officials. Today, however, is our opportunity to address you, ITU’s most important resource: the staff who make this organization great. It is an enormous personal honour for me to have been re-elected as ITU Secretary-General – but I am very much aware that without you, each and every one of you, my job is impossible...

  • UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum
    31 January 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: For the great majority of those of us lucky enough to be living in rich, industrialized countries, a few extra cents on the price of a loaf of bread, or a kilo of rice, really doesn’t change all that much. A few dollars a week at most, quickly forgotten. We should never forget, however, that for billions of people, the cost of meeting their daily food needs represents a significant proportion of their total income...


  • Commission on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health - Remarks to Media
    26 January 2011, Geneva, Switzerland: At the beginning of the year 2000, there were 500 million mobile cellular subscriptions globally and 280 million people around the world used the Internet. By the beginning of this year, those numbers have mushroomed to over 5 billion mobile subscriptions and more than 2 billion Internet users. Certainly, we still have far to go in delivering the affordable broadband access which is vital for really meaningful progress in digital health initiatives and programmes...


  • Bucks New University (BNU), Welcome to LLM & MCM Students
    23 January 2011, Bucks New University (BNU), United Kingdom: As Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union – the United Nations Specialized Agency for Information and Communication Technologies – I cannot overstate the role higher education plays in bringing the social and economic benefits of ICTs to all the world’s people...


  • United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA) - Dinner Remarks
    22 January 2011, Great Missenden Abbey, United Kingdom: It is always a special pleasure to be present amongst people who, like me, recognize the fundamental importance of learning. The greatest and most valuable resource in the world is human brainpower – and we can achieve so much through education and through transferring skills. Between individuals, between academic institutions and between countries...


  • Arab ICT Organization - General Assembly
    17 January 2011, Muscat, Oman: Since its foundation, AICTO has worked tirelessly to develop ICTs throughout the Arab region and to provide the necessary mechanisms to support cooperation and complementarity between AICTO members. You have also done excellent work in promoting and enriching common policies and strategies to develop vital technological domains...


  • Inauguration of Elected Officials
    14 January 2011, Geneva, SwitzerlandIt is an enormous personal honour for me to be re-elected as ITU Secretary-General, and I am grateful to be celebrating this occasion with such a distinguished group of guests and colleagues. I am also very much aware of the great burden of responsibility which has been placed upon my shoulders...


  • FRATEL's 8th Annual Meeting
    8 December 2010, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Fratel a contribué de façon essentielle à renforcer le développement des TIC dans le monde francophone et continuera de jouer un rôle vital dans toute la Francophonie. C'est indispensable, car les TIC font aujourd'hui partie intégrante de nos vies à tous, sous des formes que nous n'aurions pas pu ne serait-ce qu'imaginer il y a à peine dix ans...


  • École Supérieure de Technologie et de Management
    4 December 2010, Bamako, Mali: Education – and notably higher education – underpins everything we do; every service which is provided by governments or industry; and every opportunity for social and economic development and empowerment...


  • African Ambassadors Meeting
    29 November 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: I am convinced that the outcomes of the Plenipotentiary Conference leave ITU in good shape to face the future. Indeed, one of the most important outcomes was the approval of sound strategic and financial plans for the period from 2012 to 2015. We passed many other important resolutions, addressing important subjects including...


  • Omar Dengo Foundation - Conference
    18 November 2010, Costa Rica: I am often asked whether broadband is really that important – when you consider such basic pressing issues as the lack of safe drinking water, or rising food prices, which affect billions of people worldwide. And I answer that yes, I do firmly believe that broadband is the most extraordinary enabler, and will transform the lives of everybody. This is especially true in the developing world, and especially true in countries with large rural and remote populations...


  • Child Online Protection (COP)
    17 November 2010, Costa Rica: No-one can doubt the power and potential of the Internet. It plays an ever-increasing role in government, industry, and in our daily lives. But, as we know, the Internet also has its negative side. It is an environment that brings wonderful opportunities, but that also conceals predators. In particular, there are criminals who target our children...


  • ICT Business & Innovation Symposium 2010, Ministerial Briefing
    15 November 2010, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: The challenge we now face is to do for the Internet – and especially for broadband – what we have already done for mobile. It is no exaggeration to say that broadband represents perhaps the greatest opportunity we have ever known for global social and economic progress...


  • ICT Business & Innovation Symposium 2010, Opening
    14 November 2010, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: This Symposium will help point the way forward, and will offer potential roadmaps towards achieving universal and affordable access to broadband across the region. And it is absolutely clear, here, that business and innovation will be key drivers...


  • Global Symposium for Regulators: Opening Ceremony
    10 November 2010, Dakar, Senegal: Effective regulation and sound regulatory frameworks are absolutely key for stimulating growth, increasing access to ICTs for all, extending broadband rollout, and ensuring that we speed up progress in meeting the MDGs. For the ICT industry, good regulation delivers predictability and stability, and it reduces risk. It encourages investment in ICT infrastructure and rewards competition and innovative business models...


  • Meeting with EU Ambassadors
    4 November 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: Just like Europe, ITU faces similar challenges of crafting consensus from diversity, and standards from plurality, while recognizing the richness and strength to be found in different cultures and different perspectives.  There are more similarities, and more common heritage, between our institutions than you might think...


  • Deuxième Congres International sur les TIC
    2 November 2010, Oran, Algeria: L'Afrique a prouvé à maintes reprises que la révolution numérique avait jeté les bases d'une révolution sociale et économique entraînant dans son sillage des changements positifs à l'échelle du continent tout entier...


  • ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 (PP-10): Closing Ceremony
    22 October 2010, Guadalajara, Mexico: I do not believe that we can answer the really big questions, but I am sure that you have put in place the right framework to allow the ICT sector to embrace and profit from whatever new developments and trends occur in the next four years. You have set sound foundations in place, and you should be proud of what has been achieved here...


  • ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 (PP-10): Elections - Acceptance speech
    7 October 2010, Guadalajara: All of us had a dream, a great dream. We shared that dream. It has become a vision – a very ambitious but nonetheless achievable vision for a better world in which ICTs play and will go on playing a preeminent role. We are in the process of creating a world in which all the planet's inhabitants have the opportunity to develop...


  • ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 - Women's Breakfast
    6 October 2010, Guadalajara, Mexico: I don’t believe that there is any longer the slightest room for doubt that empowering women, and delivering equality between the sexes, is not just for the benefit of women, but is essential to all of humankind...


  • ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 (PP-10): First Plenary
    4 October 2010, Guadalajara, Mexico: It is sometimes too easy, within the narrow focus of our day-to-day work, to forget that the world we live in today would simply not function without ICTs and the communications networks which underpin them. And that it is ITU’s work – across the three Sectors – which makes the modern world possible. In today’s world, ICTs and broadband networks have become vital national infrastructure – similar to transport, energy and water networks, but with an impact that is even more powerful and far-reaching...


  • ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 (PP-10): Opening Ceremony
    4 October 2010, Guadalajara, Mexico: I cannot over-emphasize the importance of the work we will undertake here in Guadalajara at ITU’s 18th Plenipotentiary Conference. We are here to shape the future. Not just the future of the ITU, but the whole future of the ICT sector – which now influences every other business sector worldwide, and which now reaches into the lives of almost everyone on the planet...


  • ITU Council 2010, State of the Union Address
    2 October 2010, Guadalajara, Mexico: ITU has continued to be both busy and productive since the full session of Council closed on 22 April. Each of the three Sectors has been doing exemplary work since we last met – though I must single out the Telecommunication Development Bureau here, as it held its quadrennial World Telecommunication Development Conference at the end of June; I will say more about this in a moment...


  • ATU High-level Ministerial Workshop
    23 September 2010, Brazzaville, Congo: In this session, I would like to share with you the latest developments related to the ITU/UNESCO initiative to set up the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, in particular aspects related to e-education, capacity building and digital literacy...


  • ATU Hight-level Ministerial Workshop
    23 September 2010, Brazzaville, Congo: It is from here — from the banks of the river Congo — that the drum beats of African culture and music have resonated across the world. And it is from here that we can continue to build upon these vibrant traditions, ensuring that the drumbeats of 21st century information and communication will reach everyone on the African continent, fostering peace and sustainable development through the millennium...


  • Exhibition: From the Dawn of Writing to Multimedia
    16 September 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: We are deeply honoured to be hosting this exhibition, which traces the history of communication through the ages. Indeed, it is particularly relevant to  ITU and our work, since our mission is to ‘Connect the World’ – so that people everywhere can enjoy the fundamental right to communicate...


  • Wroclaw University of Technology
    14 September 2010, Wroclaw, Poland: Here in Poland, tremendous progress has been made in the adoption and use of information and communication technologies, ICTs, especially over the past decade. Indeed, with mobile cellular penetration of 117% at the beginning of 2010, it would be hard to find a Polish person of any age today without access to a mobile phone...


  • Odessa National A.S. Popov Academy of Telecommunications
    9 September 2010, Odessa, Ukraine: I am here this afternoon to discuss ‘Problems and Perspectives of Infocommunication Development’. And I would like to focus on one very specific area, which I believe will be crucial to the social and economic deveopment of every country on earth in the 21st century. I am referring to broadband networks and communications, which will transform the world as we know it...


  • Westminster Media Forum
    2 September 2010, London, United Kingdom: For those of you not familiar with ITU, we are the world’s oldest intergovernmental organization, and were recognized in 2002 by Booz Allen as one of the world’s 10 most enduring institutions. Our roots are here in Europe, where we were set up over 145 years ago to connect the first telegraph systems across national borders...


  • World Federation of Scientists Meeting
    20 August 2010, Erice, Italy: I am here to discuss ITU’s perspective on Cyberspace and the Future of Science. The sum of scientific knowledge and understanding has increased exponentially over the past two decades, and I believe that this is in very great part due to the massive uptake and proliferation of information and communication technologies...


  • 21st Session of the Assembly of Parties - IMSO
    12 July 2010, London, United Kingdom: As many of you know I have long been a passionate believer in satellites, and I am still amazed and impressed by their ability to bring connectivity to very corner of our planet...


  • Troisième Forum panafricain sur les bonnes pratiques dans le domaine des TIC
    17 June 2010, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Alors que nous entrons dans cette nouvelle décennie de la connaissance, l'accès à l'Internet se développe à un rythme sans précédent dans le monde entier et surtout dans les pays en développement. De 2006 à 2010, 600 millions des 777 millions de nouveaux internautes dans le monde venaient de pays en développement...


  • Infocomm Development Authority
    8 June 2010, Singapore: The title of my talk today is ‘Broadband Paving the Way’. And what better example could we look at than Singapore, one of the most networked and connected cities on earth?...


  • UN Leaders' Programme
    31 May 2010, Turin, Italy : Your discussions this week in the UN Strategic Leadership Programme are of special interest to us at ITU, as you will examine the ways ICTs are affecting societies everywhere and how we can best use these technologies in our work...


  • Asia Media Summit
    26 May 2010, Beijing, China : ITU has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development. AIBD’s contribution to broadcasting in the region is well recognized...


  • Connect a School, Connect a Community Ministerial Roundtable
    25 May 2010, Hyderabad, India: This Roundtable is an opportunity to share experiences and build momentum for this important initiative to connect schools. I look forward to hearing more from you on what you are doing in each of your countries, and how we share resources and work together towards common goals...


  • World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 - Opening Remarks
    24 May 2010, Hyderabad, India: I think we are all well aware of the importance of this fifth WTDC, and I am encouraged to see such a high level of participation. What we decide and define here over the next two weeks will shape not just the future of ICT development over the next four years, but the future shape of the very world we live in...


  • Government Agencies Meeting
    21 May 2010, Vientiane, Laos PDR: As you are no doubt aware, one of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, held in 2003 and 2005, was that heads of state and heads of government assigned ITU with the responsibility to facilitate the ‘building of confidence and security in the use of ICTs’...


  • UN Meeting
    20 May 2010, Vientiane, Laos PDR: I have come here from China, where ITU has been participating in a number of activities relating to Expo 2010, including the ICT & Urban Development Forum which was held in Ningbo last weekend, and the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrations which were held in Shanghai on Monday...


  • WTISD 2010 Celebration and Award Ceremony
    17 May 2010, Shanghai, China: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day – WTISD – is celebrated annually on 17 May, to mark the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865...


  • ITU Honour Day at World Expo 2010
    17 May 2010, Shanghai, China: The world has changed almost beyond recognition over the past century and a half, and much of this change has been driven by advances in information and communication technologies...


  • ICT and Urban Development Forum
    15 May 2010, Ningbo, China: In honour of the theme of Expo 2010, ‘Better City, Better Life’, ITU’s members have chosen the theme of ‘Better City, Better Life with ICTs’ for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. This is being celebrated just two days from now, in Shanghai, on Monday, which marks the 145th anniversary of the founding of ITU back in 1865...


  • Interactive Facilitation Meeting on WSIS Action Line C5: Cybersecurity
    12 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: As you know, one of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, held in 2003 and 2005, was that heads of state and heads of government assigned ITU with the responsibility to facilitate the ‘building of confidence and security in the use of ICTs’...


  • ITU WSIS Forum 2010
    10 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: Today we are meeting here for the 5th time since the Tunis Summit, and I believe that we are doing better each year in implementing the task assigned to us in organizing an annual meeting of Action Line Facilitators...


  • UNGIS High Level Segment
    10 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: As you all know, the World Summit on the Information Society has been an important landmark in the global effort to eradicate poverty and achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The WSIS has placed ICTs at the center of the UN Agenda...


  • Regional Commonwealth in the Field of Communications
    8 May 2010, Moscow, Russian Federation: Since its foundation at the end of 1991, RCC has proved itself a very valuable asset in the region, harmonizing communications networks; coordinating scientific and technical policy; managing radio spectrum; and participating in ITU’s activities and work...


  • ITU Regional Development Forum for Europe and CIS
    6 May 2010, Chisinau, Moldova: It is a particular pleasure to be able to celebrate the successful conclusion of the ITU project to establish broadband Access Points to Internet (PAPI) in rural areas of the Republic of Moldova...


  • Third Parliamentary Forum on Shaping the Information Society
    3 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: It is a privilege and great pleasure to have you with us today. I know I am looking forward to some productive and incisive debate here over the next two days covering the financial crisis, its impact on the information society and the range of legislative response options, and I hope you are too...


  • ITU Council - Closing Remarks
    22 April 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: We are coming to the close of the 2010 Session of the ITU Council. We began our debates last week with a very heavy agenda before us. I am very pleased that we have managed to complete this agenda and that we have achieved this in a cordial, friendly spirit throughout our discussions...


  • ITU Council 2010: State of the Union Address
    13 April 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: Over the past six months I am pleased to note that ITU has continued to be both busy and productive. And I am particularly pleased that we have continued to leverage the benefits of the federative structure of the Union...


  • Russian-Armenian University
    06 April 2010, Yerevan, Armenia: In the five years to the beginning of 2009, mobile cellular subscriptions in Armenia grew at over 90% annually, to reach 100% mobile teledensity by the beginning of last year – giving Armenia the third highest penetration in the whole CIS region, behind only Russia and Ukraine...


  • Ambassadeurs Africains, Réunion d'inforation de l'UIT
    31 March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: Peut-être avez-vous déjà appris la nouvelle du décès, il y a quelques jours, du Dr. Pekka Tarjanne, ancien Secrétaire général de l'UIT de 1989 à 1999. Le Dr. Tarjanne croyait passionnément que les technologies de l'information et de la communication (TIC) ont le pouvoir de changer le monde et était convaincu que le Droit de communiquer avait sa place au rang de droit fondamental de l'être humain...


  • ATU Council and Preparatory Meeting for WTDC-10 and PP-10
    31 March 2010, Bamako, Mali : L'année qui débute est très importante pour l'UIT, puisque nous célébrerons le 145ème anniversaire de sa fondation en 1865. Elle sera aussi marquée par la tenue de deux grandes conférences qui contribueront pour beaucoup à définir les orientations futures des technologies de l'information et de la communication...


  • La journée Télésanté 2010
    18 March 2010, Bamako, Mali  video available : C'est avec grand plaisir que je m'adresse à vous à l'occasion de la Journée Télésanté 2010. Je suis aussi très heureux que ces discussions importantes se tiennent par visioconférence dans plusieurs villes d'Afrique, d'Europe et d'Amérique du Nord. Les services de télémédecine sont une nécessité vitale pour les millions d'habitants des zones très éloignées des centres de soins médicaux spécialisés...


  • Ambassador's Information Meeting
    15 March 2010 New York, USA: I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the ITU and its work, and to talk you through how this fits in with the work of the UN system, particularly concerning ICTs for Development; the MDGs; and the World Summit on the Information Society...


  • CommNexus Event
    11 March 2010 San Diego, USA: The title of my talk today is ‘The Future is Broadband’. Sitting here in one of the most networked and connected cities on earth, that may seem a bit strange – but I will explain… Here in California, and around the world today, information and communication technologies – ICTs – are now virtually ubiquitous...


  • 8th Annual Digital Africa Summit
    9 March 2010 Kampala, Uganda   : Africa has demonstrated time and again that the digital revolution has paved the way for a social and economic revolution which is driving positive change across the continent. Mobile technology has connected millions of Africans and, by the end of 2009, ITU estimates that mobile cellular penetration in Africa stood at 39 per cent. This penetration level is un-matched by any other ICT service in the region...


  • CITEL: High-Level Forum - Opening Remarks
    8 March 2010 Mexico City, Mexico: The first months of the new year have seen two devastating earthquakes strike this region, first in Haiti in January and then just ten days ago in Chile. Our thoughts go out to all of those who have lost loved ones or seen their homes or businesses destroyed by these terrible catastrophes. We cannot stop earthquakes happening, but with ICTs we can hopefully get much better at predicting them and warning people in advance...


  • CITEL: High-Level Forum - The future is broadband
    8 March 2010 Mexico City, Mexico: I would like to speak this morning about a subject which is very close to my heart: the future of ICTs, and in particular broadband networks – which to my mind are the future of ICTs. I am absolutely convinced that the second decade of the 21st century – starting right now – will be the decade of broadband.


  • Digital Bangladesh: Plan of Connecting People
    2 March 2010 Dhaka, Bagladesh: With over 50 million mobile cellular subscriptions, Bangladesh is clearly one of the world’s major mobile markets. And there is still tremendous potential for growth, with mobile cellular penetration of around 30% countrywide at the end of 2009, compared to an average of over 50% in developing countries as a whole...


  • ITU Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG)
    24 February 2010 Geneva, Switzerland: 2009 was a very busy and important year for the Telecommunication Development Sector – and 2010 promises to be no different. Indeed, we got off to a very busy start with the terrible earthquake in Haiti six weeks ago, and I think we can all be proud that the Development Sector has been putting such serious efforts into helping with the disaster recovery there...


  • Achieving Ubiquitous Broadband Networks
    22 February 2010 Manama, Bahrain: Bahrain is of course itself one of the world’s greatest ICT success stories – with mobile cellular penetration already close to 200% a year ago, at the beginning of 2009, and over 80% of households with a computer...


  • Mobile World Congress - Leadership Summit and Government Mobile Forum
    15 February 2010 Barcelona, Spain: It is a great pleasure to be here with you this morning – and in particular to be given an opportunity to say a few words about the most important issue facing every single one of us: building a sustainable future. My organization, ITU, takes this matter very seriously indeed – especially in the light of the recent Copenhagen conference...


  • Jeddah Economic Forum
    13 February 2010 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: I would like to say a few words this evening about the role of ICTs in the economic crisis, and about ITU’s vision of the transformational role of broadband networks in delivering social and economic progress...


  • African Union Assembly
    31 January 2010 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: It is a tremendous privilege and a great pleasure to be with you here today in Addis Ababa for the 14th Session of the African Union Assembly and I am grateful to you for putting ICT for development in the agenda and I am proud of the response by so many stakeholders who are present here today...


  • 4th AIODM International Forum
    20 January 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: I am here today to discuss the Millennium Development Goals, and how Information and Communication Technologies – ICTs – can help us to achieve them... 


  • Green Cross International – General Assembly
    15 January 2010, Geneva, Switzerland: I am here today as one of the newest members of the GCI’s Climate Change Task Force – and I am deeply honoured to join a group which is led by President Mikhail Gorbachev and which includes Nobel Peace Laureates, the Club of Rome, the Club of Madrid, and other very distinguished members...