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ITU to hold open briefing session on World Conference on International Telecommunications

Revised regulations to reflect 21st century ICT landscape

Geneva, 3 October 2012 – The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3-14 December 2012 to review the current International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs), which were last negotiated in Melbourne, Australia in 1988. The current ITRs serve as the binding global treaty outlining the principles which govern the way international telecommunication services are handled, and which has laid the foundation for ongoing innovation and market growth. There is broad consensus that the text now needs to be updated to reflect the dramatically different information and communication technology (ICT) landscape of the 21st century.

A special briefing session for civil society and other interested stakeholders will be held at ITU headquarters in Geneva. The Press is cordially invited to attend.


BRIEFING: World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-2012)


9 October 2012, 15:00 – 16:30


ITU Headquarters, Room K, Montbrillant Building, rue Varembé, Geneva


The open briefing session will provide an overview of the WCIT-12 conference, the preparatory process, and the main principles and issues being discussed. The briefing will be followed by an interactive Q&A Session.


ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré and ITU experts

The draft of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) is available on the ITU website. A webpage has also been established where anyone can express their views and opinions on the content of the draft of the future ITRs or any other matter related to the 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT).

Online registration is required to attend this event whether via Remote participation or presence in the room. Please find the necessary links for online registration in this invitation letter from the ITU Secretary-General: http://bit.ly/QqHxqO

Live Webcast is available at www.itu.int/wcit

For more information, please see www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/newsroom.aspx or contact:

Paul Conneally
Head, Communications and Partnership Division, ITU
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email pressinfo@itu.int 


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