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UN statistics symposium to debate role of technology in sustainable global development framework

Experts from industry, government and civil society to gather in Mexico City for high-level discussion of post-2015 growth models

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Geneva, 27 November, 2013 – ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), will convene its annual ICT statistics conference in Mexico City from 4-6 December, welcoming around 300 leading global development and statistics experts to discuss new strategies to leverage the catalytic power of technology to drive global socio-economic advancement based on sound metrics.

The World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) will be co-hosted by ITU and the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT), Mexico’s telecommunications and broadcasting regulator.

As the principal agency for collecting and disseminating a wide range of key ICT statistics, ITU is widely recognized as the world’s most reliable and impartial source of global data on the state of  ICT infrastructure and uptake worldwide. ITU figures are used extensively by UN organizations, leading intergovernmental agencies, financial institutions like the World Bank, IMF, and regional development banks, as well as private sector companies and ICT industry analysts.

With ICT networks now an indispensable platform for service delivery across every industry sector, accurate data on ICT penetration, pricing and access are increasingly of interest not just to development agencies and consumers, but to governments and the broader business community. ITU publishes the world’s most comprehensive global ICT database, as well as an annual flagship report, Measuring the Information Society (MIS).

This year’s WTIS will open with three High-Level Debates around key priorities for the post-MDG global development agenda and the role of ICTs.

Confirmed speakers range from Mexico’s Secretary for Communications and Transport, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, and UN agency leaders like ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, to experts from academia such as Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia University & Millennium Villages project), figures from the telecoms sector including Carlos Slim Helú (Fundación Carlos Slim) and IFT President Gabriel Contreras Saldívar, respected global analysts such as Dr Sam Pitroda, the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, Brahima Sanou, and many others. The full speaker programme is available at www.itu.int/wtis/newsroom.

Journalists are encouraged to register now to attend Day One of this important international event. Registration closes on Monday 2 December 18:00 CST.

What:

ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium

When:

4-6 December 2013.
Open to media on 4 December only.

Where:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Plaza Juárez #20, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City

Why:

Hear and interview top speakers from Mexico’s government and private sector, as well as the global ICT community

Who:

 

Experts from the global statistical community, ICT analysts and ICT regulatory agencies, government leaders and policymakers, C-level executives from the private sector, and senior figures from UN agencies.

Media Information

Registration is essential Please contact: angelina.mejia@ift.org.mx.

ITU statistics are available at www.itu.int/ITU-D/statistics

An Executive Summary of the MIS 2013 report, along with infographics and a PowerPoint overview, are available at: www.itu.int/go/mis2013

Follow the event on Twitter at: #ITUdata.

For more information, please visit the event website or contact:                     Media registration enquiries:

Sarah Parkes
Chief, Media Relations & Public Information, ITU
telephone +41 22 730 6135
tel + 41 79 599 1439
email sarah.parkes@itu.int 
Angelina Mejia
Communications Unit, IFT
telephone +52 55 5015 4012
email angelina.mejia@ift.org.mx 
 
       
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Twitter: www.itu.int/twitter hashtag: #ITUdata      

 

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