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Landmark decisions from Guadalajara
Strategic Plan for ITU for 2012–2015
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The conference approved a new Strategic Plan for ITU for 2012–2015. Information and communication technologies are responding to the changing needs of today’s consumers in a transformed communications landscape. ITU, with its vision to connect the world in order to safeguard everyone’s fundamental right to communicate, needs a strong and effective strategic plan both to respond to the changing needs of its members and to prove its ongoing relevance in an all-IP world.

The plan contains goals for each of the component parts of ITU, along with objectives to achieve the Union’s overall mission. Here we only highlight the goals.

Radiocommunication Sector (ITU–R)

The strategic goal of ITU–R is to:

  • ensure interference-free operations of radiocommunication systems by means of implementing the Radio Regulations and Regional Agreements, as well as by updating these instruments through the processes of the world and regional radiocommunication conferences;

  • establish Recommendations intended to assure the necessary performance and quality in operating radiocommunication systems;

  • seek ways and means to ensure the rational, equitable, efficient and economical use of the radiofrequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources, and to promote flexibility for future expansion and new technological developments.

Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU–T)

The strategic goal of ITU–T is to:

  • develop interoperable, non-discriminatory international standards (ITU–T Recommendations);

  • assist in bridging the standardization gap between developed and developing countries;

  • extend and facilitate international cooperation among international and regional standardization bodies.

Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU–D)

The strategic goal of ITU–D is to:

  • promote the availability of infrastructure and foster an enabling environment for telecommunication/ICT infrastructure development and for its use in a safe and secure manner;

  • assist developing countries to bridge the digital divide and achieve greater telecommunication/ICT-enabled socioeconomic development;

  • expand the benefits of the information society to the membership in cooperation with public and private stakeholders, and promote the integration of the use of telecommunication/ICT into the broader economy as a driver of development, innovation, well-being, growth and productivity globally.

General Secretariat (GS)

General Secretariat aims for effectiveness and efficiency in the planning, management, coordination and delivery of services to support the Union and its membership. The General Secretariat ensures the implementation of the financial and strategic plans of the Union, and coordinates inter-sectoral activities, as identified in the ITU basic texts (the Constitution and the Convention).

The resolution that goes with the plan…

Resolution 71 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) on the “Strategic Plan for the Union for 2012–2015” contains an annex setting out this plan. The revised resolution says that the new plan should be complemented with the objectives and outputs of the previous plan for the years 2008–2011. It authorizes the Secretary-General to make recommendations to adjust the plan in the light of changes in the telecommunication/ICT environment. He can also modify the plan, if necessary, to facilitate the accomplishment of ITU’s mission. In so doing, he would take account of proposals from the competent ITU Sector Advisory Groups, decisions by conferences and assemblies of the Sectors, and changes in the Union’s activities or its financial situation.

As for the Council, it will “oversee further development and implementation of the strategic plan for 2012–2015” on the basis of the Secretary-General’s annual reports. The Council will also present an assessment of the results of the strategic plan for 2012–2015 to the next Plenipotentiary Conference in 2014, along with a proposed strategic plan for the period 2016–2019. Meanwhile, Member States can contribute national and regional insights on policy, regulatory and operational matters to ITU’s strategic planning process. And Sector Members can communicate their views on the strategic plan through their relevant Sectors and the corresponding Advisory Groups.


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