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World Telecommunication Development Conference 7 to 15 March 2006 (Doha, Qatar)

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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 2015.

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 objectives.

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 disaster preparedness.

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
Email Contact

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.

 

 

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