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World Telecommunication Policy Forum 2009
on convergence and other emerging policy issues

Decision 9 (Antalya, 2006)

Fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (Antalya, 2006),


a)      Resolution 2 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) of the Plenipotentiary Conference on the maintaining of the World Telecommunication Policy Forum (WTPF) in order to discuss and exchange views and information on telecommunication policy and regulatory matters, especially on global and cross-sectoral issues;

b)      Resolution 146 (Antalya, 2006) of this conference on the review of the International Telecommunication Regulations,


a)      the relevant outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society;

b)      that the purposes of the Union are, inter alia, to promote, at international level, the adoption of a broader approach to the issues of telecommunications in the global information economy and society, to promote the extension of the benefits of the new telecommunication technologies to all the world’s inhabitants and to harmonize the actions of Member States and Sector Members in the attainment of those ends;

c)       that ITU is uniquely positioned and has the necessary experience to provide a forum for the coordination of, exchange of information on, discussion of and harmonization of national, regional and international telecommunication strategies and policies;

d)      that WTPF has provided a venue for discussion of global and cross-sectoral issues by high-level participants, thus contributing to the advance of world telecommunications,

considering further

a)      that convergence, including Internet-related public policy matters, is one of the topics of high current interest to ITU Member States and Sector Members;

b)      that the continued development of convergence, next-generation networks, and Internet also has significant implications for several domains, particularly for capacity building, especially in developing countries;

c)       that a study of emerging telecommunications policy and regulatory issues is also amongst the topics of high current interest to ITU Member States and Sector Members;

d)      that a study of new and emerging issues as referred to in Resolution 146 (Antalya, 2006) is also among the topics of high current interest to ITU Member States and Sector Members,


1        to convene the fourth WTPF in Geneva in the first quarter of 2009, in order to discuss and exchange views on the themes listed above, with the draft agenda shown in the Annex to this Decision;

2        that the fourth WTPF shall draw up a report and, if possible, opinions for consideration by ITU Member States and Sector Members and relevant ITU meetings;

3        that arrangements for the fourth WTPF shall be in accordance with applicable Council decisions for such fora.

Annex  to Decision 9  (Antalya, 2006)

Draft agenda

Fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum

1        Inauguration of the fourth World Telecommunication Policy Forum

2        Election of the chairman

3        Opening remarks and presentations

4        Organization of the work of the Forum

5        Presentation of the Secretary-General’s report

6        Presentation of comments by the membership on the report

7        Discussion

8        Consideration of draft opinions

9        Adoption of the chairman’s report and opinions

10      Other business


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