Mr Chairman, Vice-Chairman of the Radiocommunication Assembly 07,
Mr Deputy Secretary-General,
Mr Timofeev, Director, BR,
Mr Johnson, Director, TSB,
Mr Al-Basheer, Director, BDT,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
You have just completed a most intense week of debate and discussions. I know that
your days have been long and arduous but I am aware that you have achieved some
results that will place the Radiocommunications Sector, and in particular the activities
of the Study Groups, on a sound footing for the coming study period.
Your work has been administrative, organizational and technical but in all these
domains your results have one again demonstrated the primordial role that the ITU
Radiocommunications Sector plays in global telecommunications and information technology.
Two particular areas stand out:
- You response to Resolution 136 (Antalya, 2006) in the field of disaster prediction
by the approval of two new
- The approval of Resolutions and Recommendations that not only augment the current
IMT technologies but also initiate ITU-R studies for the next generation (or 4th
generation) of mobile communications now called IMT-Advanced.
I personally believe that nanotechnology will be the technology of the near future,
and I believe that the work being carried out will have an impact on it in the future,
specially as we are working towards widespread use of multifunctional terminals
These two technological mile-stones fit in well with the innovative
telecommunication applications called for in WSIS action lines, not forgetting the Sector’s continuing
in all aspects of spectrum management which again are reflected in several Resolutions that you have reviewed and revised this week. Moreover, the
ceremony to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the introduction of HDTV in Europe
was a fitting reminder of another notable achievement of ITU-R, with due reference
to the famous Recommendation BT.709 which represents the building-block of the world-wide
standard for HDTV.
I was conscious of the difficult decisions relating to the election of the chairmen
and vice-chairmen of the Study Groups, RAG, CPM and Special Committee, and in this
respect I was happy to see so much interest from both Administrations and Sector
Members in making the choice, sometimes very challenging, reminding us all the time
of the great tradition of cooperation and consensus building of the Union. This
time was no exception. Of course, we must never forget that value that ITU places
on all candidates for such positions and to recognise that the large number of nominations
to the posts reflects the healthy state of the Sector today. At this point, I personally
wish to congratulate all the candidates and to wish them every success in their
new roles. I also congratulate and thank the outgoing Chairman and Vice-Chairmen
for their true commitment and their invaluable contribution for so many years, and
hope they will continue to work with the ITU.
Ladies and gentlemen,
It has been an eventful week serving as a worthy prelude to an even larger event that starts next Monday. For those of you remaining in Geneva for WRC-07, you have
a major task ahead of you and I look forward to seeing you on frequent occasions
over the next four weeks. For those of you returning to your home countries, I wish
you a safe return.
In closing, I would like to thank our Chairman, Mr Bruce Gracie of Canada, a long-time
friend of the ITU who has contributed so much to the UNION. I also thank our Vice-Chairmen,
all the Chairs of the Committees who have devoted valuable time for the success
of this Conference. To you all the delegates, my thanks go to you, your Administrations
and your companies.
Please allow me to
end this speech by presenting to our Chairman the ITU Gold medal
and a certificate. Mr Gracie has already received the ITU silver medal after successfully
chairing the Council 2006, therefore this time it is the gold medal.
Finally, let me express my real pride of having colleagues at the BR, from the Director
to all staff working behind the scene; Fabio Leite, Linda Kocher, Elizabeth Mostyn-Jones,
Fabienne Huguet, and others led by Mr Kevin Hughes, as well as, colleagues at the
General Secretariat, the Security, the Conference and the Administration and Finance
Departments who have contributed to the success and the smooth running of this Assembly.