From left to right: Mr Brahima Sanou, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau; Ms Kristin Peterson, co-Founder and CEO of Inveneo; H.E. Suvi Lindén , Minister of Communications, Finland on behalf of H.E. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland; Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General; Mr Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister of India; Mr Houlin Zhao, ITU Deputy Secretary-General; and Mr François Rancy, Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau, at the WTISD 2011, Geneva.
Video Interview with Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General
16-20 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland
A very busy week in Geneva, with the WSIS Forum 2011
including numerous opportunities to pursue the global ICT development agenda. It was the largest and best-attended WSIS Forum to date, bringing together all stakeholders in the WSIS process, and included many Government Ministers and other high-level delegates, as well as around 1,000 participants from industry, government and civil society. We were honoured to host the 4th Parliamentary Forum, along with meetings of the United Nations Group on the Information Society, UNGIS, and many other high-level sessions.
The week also included World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, which celebrated the 146th anniversary of the founding of ITU and was the occasion to honour three laureates - Finland's President, Tarja Halonen; Indian ICT innovator, Sam Pitroda; and Inveneo's CEO, Kristin Peterson - with the World Telecommunication and Information Society Award. We also took the opportunity to launch a new Working Group on Youth, as part of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.