Newsroom • Media Advisory
ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3-14 December 2012
Geneva, 1 November 2012 – Journalists are encouraged to finalize their
accreditation for the
World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) which takes place
in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 3-14 December 2012.
This landmark conference will review the current
International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs),
which serve as the binding global treaty designed to facilitate global
interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services,
as well as ensuring their efficiency and widespread public usefulness and
The treaty sets out general principles for assuring the free flow of information
around the world and promoting affordable and equitable access for all.
During the two-week WCIT-12 conference, ITU Member States will debate revisions
to the current treaty that can better meet the needs of 21st century
networks and users, including ways to accelerate the global roll-out of
broadband (with an increased focus on energy efficiency and combatting climate
change); support for continuing investment in networks, services and
applications; strategies to address high cost of mobile roaming and taxation of
international telecommunications services; and the need for a harmonious and
conducive international environment that drives future innovation.
The ITRs were last negotiated in
Melbourne, Australia in 1988. The current treaty
binds 178 countries.
An FAQ, a comprehensive set of Background Briefs covering the main discussion
topics and a WCIT Myth Buster presentation can be found at:
www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/WCIT-backgroundbriefs.aspx. The main conference preparatory document can be found at:
www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Documents/draft-future-itrs-public.pdf. The current ITRs can be found at:
www.itu.int/oth/T3F01000001. The main WCIT-12 Newsroom can be found at:
World Conference on International
3-14 December, 2012
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition
Centre, United Arab Emirates
WCIT-12 is a landmark global treaty-making
conference that is
expected to generate compelling debate and
discussion on a wide spectrum of issues and
challenges facing the ICT community.
Some 1,800 representatives from across the
global information and communications community,
including delegates from some 150 ITU Member
States, along with private industry, R&D
institutions, academia and the public.
Official accreditation is essential to attend this UN event.
Accreditation formally closes at 17:00 CET, 23
will be no accreditation onsite, and strictly no admittance to the venue without
an event badge.
To apply for accreditation, or for more information, please visit:
press accreditation is valid, but UN-accredited media must register in order
to obtain an event badge. Please contact
Journalists and analysts who have
already formally accredited for ITU events in 2012 and whose details have not
changed since accreditation do not need to resubmit accreditation credentials,
but still need to register for an event badge at:
WCIT-12 is organized by ITU and hosted by the Telecommunications
Regulatory Authority (TRA)
For more information on
the event, please contact:
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
Noor M. Shamma
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications Affairs
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, UAE
For media accreditation enquiries, please contact:
Soraya Abino Quintana
TRA is an independent public
authority established in 2003
to support the UAE
ICT sector by
safeguarding competition, providing fair access to
the domestic infrastructure, and ensuring the optimal use of natural resources
through the implementation of best practice in every area.
It mission is to protect the interests of subscribers, to enhance the readiness
of e-services, to encourage investment, innovation, development and education,
to meet corporate social responsibility, and
to create an optimal enabling environment in which the UAE ICT sector
will emerge as a leader in the global market place.