Over a thousand policy-makers and practitioners from government,
the private sector, international and regional organizations are expected to
attend WTDC-06 to fast-track ITU’s objectives of connecting all communities by
Participants will review the worldwide development needs and priorities
in the field of ICT, identify issues and set priorities to boost ICT development.
They will also take stock of initiatives and projects
— current and future — that can help bridge the digital divide and adopt
measures to harness the power of ICTs for socio-economic development of the
widest number of people, particularly the world’s most deprived.
World telecommunication development conferences (WTDC) are held every four years to review the progress made in telecommunication in developing countries and to establish priorities and strategies for the development of information and communication technologies (ICT). They also serve to promote international cooperation and partnerships to improve infrastructure and strengthen institutions.
The Doha conference is expected to agree on the programmes,
projects and initiatives aimed at bridging the digital divide and adopt a global
strategy that can truly achieve the ICT development goals of all countries,
taking into account the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action and Tunis Agenda. Called the
Doha Action Plan, this strategy will also encompass measures that all
stakeholders are called to implement in the next four years to fulfill these
In addition to the Doha Action Plan, the Conference will consider
two new global initiatives, one benefiting persons with disabilities and the
other concerning telecommunications for
In the WTDC-2006 newsroom, media will find background information to assist
them in better understanding the issues and work to be achieved by the
Conference. All material found on this site can be used for reporting purposes.
Information in the newsroom is available from nine broad categories
accessible via the left menu. Should you require any additional assistance, the
Press Office can be reached in Geneva until 1 March at:
Tel: +41 22 730 6039/+41 22 730 5192
Fax: +41 22 730 5933
From 2 to 15 March, it will be operating from the Doha Sheraton
Convention Centre where it can be reached at the following phone number: +974
499 56 73. The Geneva fax and email contacts remain valid in Doha.