Mr Arasteh, Chairman of this Conference Preparatory Meeting,
Mr Zhao, Deputy Secretary‑General,
Mr Timofeev, Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau,
Mr Johnson, Director of TSB,
Mr Al-Basheer, Director of BDT,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure and an honour for me to address these opening
remarks to you all on the occasion of the second session of the Conference Preparatory
Meeting 2007. The CPM is without doubt a major step in the preparation of World Radiocommunication Conferences and, looking at the attendance in this room, I can
only be very optimistic with regards to the outcome of the work that will be accomplished
during the coming 12 days.
This is the first global event taking place here in ITU since the new team took
office on January 1st following our election in Antalya, and I take the opportunity on behalf of my colleagues and on my own behalf to thank you all for your trust
in us. Together we are well aware of the challenges ahead of us and I can
assure you that we have started on a good foot. We have pledged to work together
to meet those challenges as one team and we are doing just that. I am personally
very much pleased with the cooperation from the elected officials and from ITU staff
that is doing its best to contribute to the cooperation. The staff of BR and
General Secretariat in preparing the conference is another important sign of the
It is well known that the work of the CPM is not limited to the present meeting
and that the radiocommunication Study Groups have been working hard since the first
meeting of the CPM, held just after WRC‑2003. During this intervening period,
the ITU-R Study Groups and the Special Committee, through their Working Parties
and Task Groups, have been addressing 27 separate Agenda Items with a view to formulating
technical material upon which WRC-07 will base its decisions later this year.
It is then your task to distil this work into a consolidated Report that, in turn,
will represent a key contribution towards the conclusions made at that Conference.
As such, the CPM Report will be an indispensable reference for each Member State
to prepare itself for the Conference and in particular for the developing countries
which have not always found it possible to send representatives to the related Study
Group meetings and the Special Committee.
The items that you have before you are numerous and far-reaching. Many of them concern
complex and delicate issues of frequency sharing which seek to allow services with
significantly differing characteristics to coexist within the same or neighbouring
frequency space. Others however, touch on the future development of advanced radiocommunication
technologies and as such, are vital to the world's future needs and expectations
of telecommunication development. It is to these aspirations that ITU must respond diligently and untiringly in order to meet the needs of all, thereby fulfilling
its key objective of closing the divide between developed and developing nations
of the world. In support of these observations, I
could cite in particular the following
- the search
for additional spectrum for future mobile communications, particularly having in
mind broadband multi-media applications; here it is important to remember that the
level of mobile communications has already exceeded that of fixed line communications
in many countries, particularly developing countries;
- the protection of those frequencies used by
services and systems for the detection of natural disasters such as earth-quakes
and Tsunamis; such a topic is highly relevant to one of ITU's principal concerns
of disaster and emergency communications;
- spectrum requirements and associated regulatory
issues for advanced aeronautical communication requirements;
- operational procedures and requirements for
the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System;
- spectrum requirements for global broadband
satellite systems, with the aim of bringing Internet connection to remote areas
typically found in developing countries.
These, ladies and gentlemen, are just a sample of the key subjects
that you will be discussing over the next two weeks, and again over a period of
four weeks at WRC-07 later this year.
Your deliberations on these items, and subsequently
your final decisions, are of the utmost importance and represent a vital step towards
helping ITU fulfil its ultimate vision of bringing the forefront of today's telecommunications
technologies within the reach of all.
I would like to reiterate to you the readiness of all four elected
officials of the ITU to move together with you and Valery Timofeev to make this
conference a success. ITU has a long tradition and culture of cooperation
and compromise, let this tradition prevail during your debate.
I wish you a very successful Conference Preparatory Meeting.