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Looking ahead to the next four years
 
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Conference decisions to reinforce ITU’s mandate in development, standards-making and global management of radio-frequency resources

As reported in the November 2010 issue of ITU News, the Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, took many landmark decisions that will boost ITU’s programmes and initiatives in a number of key areas. These include: the Internet, accessibility for persons with disabilities, ICT and climate change, conformance and interoperability, emergency communications and humanitarian assistance, bridging the standardization gap, strengthening regional presence, and assisting Small Island Developing States and Landlocked Developing Countries and economies in transition.

Measures were also defined to help prevent the illicit use and abuse of telecommunication networks. And the decision to open up the way for academia and for more private-sector entities from developing countries to join ITU is already bearing fruit, with a number of institutions having been admitted to participate in the work of the Union hot on the heels of the conference.

The new team of elected officials has a strong mandate from the conference. Looking ahead to the next four years, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré says: “With the re-election in Guadalajara of myself as Secretary-General, Houlin Zhao as Deputy Secretary- General and Malcolm Johnson as Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, and the fresh election of François Rancy as Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau and Brahima Sanou as Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau, we have a powerful management team in place to carry out the Union’s work from 2011 to 2014.

This work will include expanding ICT and broadband infrastructure to all citizens, especially those living in the most challenging places and developing a stable, flexible spectrum regime that can support the technical and commercial dynamism of the sector.

 

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