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Editorial
Recent milestones
Dr Hamadoun Touré
photo credit: ITU/J.M. Ferré
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré
ITU Secretary-General

The Government of India successfully hosted World Telecommunication Development Conference 2010 (WTDC-10) in Hyderabad from 24 May to 4 June. WTDC-10 adopted the Hyderabad Declaration and the Hyderabad Action Plan, which constitute a true road map for ICT development for the next four years (see report on pages 18–27). On 29 May 2010, it was a great honour meeting India’s Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in his office in New Delhi.

Just before WTDC-10, I was delighted to sign on 10 May a provisional cooperation agreement with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). I look forward to a fruitful collaboration with CERN in fields which are in line with our respective mandates, and hope that we can soon start preparing joint studies and publications on subjects of common interest. This kind of joint cooperation agreement between well-established international organizations can only be of mutual benefit.

Towards the end of June 2010, ITU held a series of productive meetings and a very useful and informative roundtable event in Barbados dedicated to the reconstruction of Haiti’s telecommunication sector. It was widely agreed that now was the time to build not just replacement networks for Haiti, but 21st century infrastructure that would pave the way towards full inclusion in the knowledge society. With participation from the public and private sectors, as well as banks and regulatory authorities, we looked at ways of partnering together to create increased value as well as at co-financing arrangements and new investment opportunities, in-kind contributions and ways of advancing reforms in Haiti’s ICT sector (see ITU leads effort to rebuild Haiti’s telecommunication infrastructure).

On 11 July 2010, ITU and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) co-hosted the first meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development at ITU headquarters. The meeting was co-chaired by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Carlos Slim Helú, Honorary Lifetime Chairman of Grupo Carso, and over 30 commissioners were present, including heads of United Nations agencies and other international organizations, as well as leading lights from the private sector. There was strong agreement at the meeting that broadband networks will be a transformational force for the 21st century, and that they will help accelerate progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (see Broadband). Ubiquitous connectivity to broadband networks will be vital to the ongoing development of every nation in the world.

 

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