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ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12),
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 availability.

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: http://www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/newsroom.aspx.


ITU World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12)


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. 

Media accreditation

Official accreditation is essential to attend this UN event. Accreditation formally closes at 17:00 CET, 23 November 2012. There 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: www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/media-accreditation.aspx.

Official UN press accreditation is valid, but UN-accredited media must register in order to obtain an event badge. Please contact wcitpressreg@itu.int.

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: www.itu.int/en/wcit-12/Pages/media-accreditation.aspx.

WCIT-12 is organized by ITU and hosted by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of UAE.

For more information on the event, please contact:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information, ITU
tel +41 22 730 6135
email sarah.parkes@itu.int 
Noor M. Shamma
Media Relations Manager
Corporate Communications Affairs
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, UAE
tel +971 2 611 8260
email noor.shamma@tra.gov.ae   

For media accreditation enquiries, please contact:

Soraya Abino Quintana
tel +41 22 730 5424
email wcitpressreg@itu.int 


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