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Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré

WTISD 2010 Celebration and Award Ceremony

17 May 2010, Shanghai, China

中文 

 

Excellencies,
Distinguished colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,


 

It is now my honour to say a few opening remarks before we give this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Awards to our three laureates.


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.


On this day, each year, ITU’s Member States and Sector Members celebrate by organizing appropriate national and company-wide programmes with a view to stimulating reflection and exchanges of ideas on the theme adopted by ITU Council.


This year, ITU is very honoured to have the WTISD Ceremony exceptionally held in Shanghai, during Expo 2010 under the kind invitation of MIIT and the Expo 2010. I am very honoured to have the presence of those Chinese Excellencies with us. I wish to express our sincere appreciation for their efforts to share our pleasure for ITU’s special day.


This year, in honour of the theme of Expo 2010, ITU Council chose the theme ‘Better City, Better Life with ICTs’.


The theme is particularly appropriate, because we now live, for the first time in human history, in a world where more than half the global population lives in an urban environment. Compare that to the beginning of the 20th century, when only one in seven people were urban dwellers.


Today, over 400 cities worldwide have a population of a million or more, and there are around 20 urban agglomerations of over ten million people.


This trend is certain to continue, and we can expect cities to grow, and new cities to spring up. So we must use every tool at our disposal – and ICTs in particular – to make life better for the billions of people who live and work in them.


Personally, I am absolutely confident that ICTs will play a huge role in improving city life.


I was fortunate enough to be in Ningbo over the past few days for the ‘ICT & Urban Development Forum’, and we saw many examples of the beneficial role ICTs will play:


We saw how cities of the future will be more efficient, both in terms of public services and in the conservation and use of critical resources like energy and water.


We saw how ICTs will make cities will become safer, cleaner and less noisy – with fewer accidents, reduced crime rates, less pollution and quieter vehicles.


We saw how people in urban environments will become healthier and better educated as new technologies play an increasing role in delivering healthcare and education.


And we saw how ICTs are already making cities become more human, reflecting our fundamental desire to communicate.


Ladies and gentlemen,


We are here this afternoon to celebrate WTISD and to honour our laureates for 2010.


This year the WTISD Award goes to three eminent personalities who have contributed to the ongoing digital revolution, in recognition of their dedication to promoting ICTs as a means of providing a better life for humanity.


The first laureate is the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak. He has made connectivity one of his priorities. As part of the New Economic Model for Malaysia, he has placed a high priority on strengthening ICT infrastructure. His administration has supported the work of ITU in strengthening global cybersecurity through the IMPACT Centre in Cyberjaya near Kuala Lumpur.


The second laureate is the Executive Director, Chairman and CEO of China Mobile, Mr Wang Jianzhou. I hardly need to introduce Mr Wang here in China, since China Mobile operates the world’s largest mobile network, and now has over 500 million subscribers, with a network covering every major city – as well as over 99% of the Chinese population, and Mr. Wang is a well-known Chinese figure in Davos, in Barcelona and in the international mobile communication world and, in particular, he is a well recognized representative of the rapid development of the Chinese telecommunication industry.


And the third laureate is the President and CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), Mr Robert Kahn. Mr Kahn was one of the early pioneers of the internet, and laid the foundations of the TCP/IP protocol architecture, which is a standard operating feature of the internet.

 

 


 

 

 

 主旨发言

国际电信联盟秘书长
哈玛德•图埃

世界电信和信息社会日庆祝和颁奖典礼

2010年5月17日, 中国上海


各位阁下,
尊敬的各位同仁,
女士们,先生们,


在向三位获奖者颁发今年的世界电信和信息社会日奖项之前,我荣幸地发表几句开幕致辞。


在每年的5月17日庆祝世界电信和信息社会日(WTISD),是为了纪念1865年国际电联的成立及第一部《国际电报公约》的签署。


每年的今天,国际电联的成员国和部门成员在全国和全公司范围安排适当的活动来进行庆祝,以便鼓励就国际电联理事会通过的主题进行思考和意见交流。


今年,应工业和信息化部以及2010年世博会的盛情邀请,国际电联有幸在上海2010年世博会期间举办世界电信和信息社会日庆祝典礼,这是史无前例的。有各位中国贵宾的光临,我倍感荣幸。他们能在国际电联特殊的节日里与我们分享这份喜悦,我谨表示诚挚的谢意。


今年,为庆祝2010年世博会的主题,国际电联理事会选择了“信息通信技术让城市生活更美好”这一主题。


该主题特别切题,因为全球有一半以上的人口居住在城市,这是人类历史上绝无仅有的。而在20世纪初叶时,只有七分之一的人口为城市居民。


如今,全世界有400多个人口超过百万的城市,人口过千万的城市约有20个。


这种发展趋势定会继续,我们可以预见,城市将不断扩展,新兴城市将如雨后春笋般涌现。因此,我们必须利用各种工具,特别是ICT,为在城市生活和工作的亿万人群创建更美好的生活。


ICT将在改善城市生活方面发挥巨大的作用,对此我本人深信不疑。


过去的几天中,我有幸参加了在宁波举办的“ICT与城市发展论坛”,并目睹了许多ICT将发挥有益作用的示例:


我们看到,未来城市将在公共服务以及能源和水等关键资源的保护和利用方面更加有效。


我们看到,ICT如何使城市变得更加安全、洁净和安静 – 减少事故,降低犯罪率、减少污染且使汽车更加安静。


我们看到,随着新技术在提供卫生保健和教育方面发挥着越来越大的作用,城市中的人们将更加健康,接受更好的教育。


我们看到,ICT正在使城市变得更加人性化,这反映出我们对交流的基本渴望。


女士们,先生们,


今天下午,我们在此庆祝世界电信和信息社会日,并向2010年的获奖人颁奖。


今年的世界电信和信息社会日奖授予三位为不断发展中的数字革命做出贡献的知名人士,以表彰他们对促进ICT作为改善人类生活方式工作的贡献。


第一位获奖者是马来西亚总理达图•斯里•纳吉布•敦•拉扎克。总理阁下将连通性作为他的工作重点之一。作为马来西亚新经济模式的一部分,他高度重视加强ICT基础设施建设。他的政府大力支持国际电联在邻近吉隆坡的Cyberjaya建立国际打击网络威胁多边伙伴关系(IMPACT)中心,以加强全球网络安全工作。


第二位获奖者是中国移动总经理、董事长兼首席执行官王建宙先生。此时此地,我几乎没有必要向各位介绍王先生,因为中国移动运营着世界最大的移动网络,用户超过5亿。中国移动网络覆盖中国所有的主要城市以及中国99%以上的人口。王先生是达沃斯、巴塞罗那和国际移动通信界无人不晓的中国人,他更是中国迅速发展的电信业的公认代表。


第三位获奖者是美国全国研究创新联合会(CNRI)总裁兼首席执行官罗伯特•卡恩先生。卡恩先生是互联网的早期创始人之一,他为传输控制协议/互联网协议(TCP/IP)架构的创立奠定了基础,该协议是互联网的标准操作特点。