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Speeches

Speeches by ITU Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao


  • World 13th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS-15) : Opening Ceremony : Opening Speech
    30 November 2015, Hiroshima, Japan : It is my great pleasure to be here with you today to welcome you to the 13th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium. First of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Government of Japan for hosting this important event. Japan has made every effort to make this event a success. Our host country is famous for its hospitality, which I have learnt is referred to as "Omotenashi"...
  • World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) : Closing Remarks
    27 November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : You have just completed a most intense four-week marathon of debate and discussions leading to many agreements. I am delighted to see that your hard work has been well rewarded, and that you have achieved excellent results that you can well be proud of and have once again demonstrated the key role that the ITU Radiocommunications Sector plays in global telecommunications and information technology...
  • World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) : Opening Remarks
    02 November 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : 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...
  • Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-15): Opening Ceremony
    26 October 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : It is a privilege and an honour to address you this morning at the opening of the 2015 Radiocommunication Assembly. As for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) that starts next week, the Radiocommunication Assembly represents a landmark in the life of the Radiocommunication Sector of the ITU...
  • ITU Telecom World 2015: Opening remarks
    12 October 2015, Budapest, Hungary: This has been a very exciting year for ITU, as we celebrate our 150th anniversary as the leading UN agency for information and communication technologies, or ICTs. 150 years of working together with our members to innovate and apply technology for the good of all the people of the world.Hungary is one of the ITU Founding Members.  ITU highly appreciates the long-standing cooperation between Hungary and ITU over 150 years.  ITU is very honoured to have this year’s ITU Telecom held in one part of its motherland...
  • Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development : 2015 Launch Meeting : Opening Remarks
    26 September 2015, New York, USA : I offer you a very warm welcome to the Yale Club, and would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us here today.This is a very exciting time for us, and for the UN, and UN Member States at large. Coinciding with the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, we are gathered here today to launch the new Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development...
  • ITU Council 2015 : Closing Remarks
    21 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : We are coming to the close of the first Council after PP-14, and I am delighted by the great spirit of cooperation that has prevailed over the past week and a half.This Council has been very rich in content, and has achieved a great deal in a short space of time...
  • ITU 150th Anniversary Ceremony : Welcome Address
    17 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : Good afternoon and welcome to this celebration of ITU's 150th Anniversary! On behalf of ITU Elected Officials and myself, l want to express my heartfelt appreciation to our Member States, represented here by Honorable Ministers, Ambassadors, Councilors or Head of Delegations of ITU Council, high-level Government Officials, private sector representatives, Heads of UN Agencies, Swiss Federal Authorities and Geneva Cantonal Authorities, and other dignitaries present here. I also warmly recognize the presence of our current and former Elected Officials...
  • ITU Council 2015 : State of the Union Address
    12 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : It gives me great pleasure to formally welcome you to the 2015 session of ITU Council.Let me offer a very warm welcome to our councillors, and especially to our new Council Members, which include Pakistan, Uganda and Tanzania, who have returned to Council after an absence; and Azerbaijan and Lithuania, who are joining Council for the first time...
  • Message of ITU-Secretary-General Houlin Zhao for International Women's Day 2015
    As Secretary-General of the UN agency responsible for helping connect the world to the power of information and communication technologies, I would like to see a picture of a world where young women embrace careers as ICT professionals, and leverage the power of ICTs to change the future – for themselves, and for those around them...
  • ITU Child Online Protection : Safer Internet Day
    10 February 2015, Geneva, Switzerland : Today, February 10, is Safer Internet Day. For the global community, this is important part of efforts to improve the safety and security of the digital tools we all rely on, each and every day...
  • PP-14: Acceptance Speech
    23 October 2014, Busan, Republic of Korea : I feel deeply moved that you have unanimously and enthusiastically elected me as the new Secretary General of the ITU, entrusting me the honour of leading our beloved organization for the next four years. I sincerely thank all of you for your confidence in me...