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World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15)

Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao​

World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) : Opening Remarks

02 November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

Excellencies,
Distinguished colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and a privilege to address you this morning at the opening of the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference.

WRC-15 – like the Radiocommunication Assembly last week – represents an important landmark in the life of ITU's Radiocommunication Sector.

As you know, World Radiocommunication Conferences are responsible for updating the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.

The preparation for WRC-15, which started nearly 4 years ago, has seen an increasing participation of the ITU-R membership that resulted in thousands of pages of ITU-R Recommendations and Reports developed and approved to address all the required technical and regulatory issues on the WRC-15 Agenda. 

There are around 40 topics on the WRC-15 agenda. Some of the main issues to be discussed at the conference will be:

We can see that this conference will address important topics that are of crucial relevance to governments, industry and individuals all over the world.

We have prepared a special edition of the ITU News Magazine on WRC-15, to help inform the ITU community as well as members of the public on the main issues at stake here, and on the potential impact of the Conference's decisions.

Distinguished colleagues,

Let me congratulate Mr. Festus Daudu for his nomination as Chairman of WRC-15, as well as the Vice-Chairmen. Mr Daudu, I have every confidence in your abilities to ensure a smooth and efficient running of the conference over the four coming weeks.

Ladies and gentlemen,

In conclusion, WRC-15 will define new and better ways to regulate radio services and applications.  In a world where radiocommunications are playing a more and more important role in connecting people, I am convinced that the outcome of the conference will represent a major contribution in making the world a better place for all.

I wish you a productive and successful WRC-15.

Thank you.