This year’s WTPF offers a unique opportunity to join
top-level decision-makers from around the world for in-depth
debates that will help forge the global strategies underpinning
tomorrow’s networks and services.
The Forum will welcome an
expected 1,000 high-level delegates from ITU's 191
Member States and 550+ Sector Members, as well as
representatives from UN agencies, Internet governance entities,
and NGOs. WTPF is also open to the media and the general public.
Strategic Dialogue on ICTs, 21 April
In the wake of the unprecedented economic crisis
affecting all industry sectors, this year’s WTPF will
incorporate a special Strategic Dialogue on ICTs, to be held on
21 April, just prior to the opening of the Forum.
With the theme Confronting the Crisis, this
High-Level Strategic Dialogue will bring together leaders
from government and industry to address the problems facing
vendors, operators and governments. The event seeks to formulate
proactive strategies to help the ICT sector weather the storm,
as well as leveraging the power of ICTs to accelerate economic
recovery in other sectors.
Forum, 22-24 April 2009
Delegates will engage in discussions around four broad topic
- Convergence, including Internet-related public policy matters
- Next Generation Networks
- Emerging telecommunications policy and regulatory issues
- The International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs)
The ITU Secretary-General’s Report will serve as the sole
working document of the Forum. It incorporates the contributions
and draft Opinions of ITU Member States and Sector Members
developed during three meetings of the WTPF Informal Experts
Group, convened in Geneva during the course of 2008 and 2009.
The outcomes of the event will be expressed as formal
Opinions, which will serve as the basis of ongoing policy-making
and technical standardization efforts within ITU and at a
broader international level.
More about the four topic areas...