Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a great pleasure to be with you here in Minsk today, for the 41st session
of the Board of the Communications Administration Heads of the Regional
Commonwealth in the field of Communications.
On behalf of the Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Toure and all Elected
Officials, in particular, the Director of BR and Director of BDT, who are with
me this morning, to express our gratitude for the kind invitation of Mr Nurudin
Mukhitdinov, Director General of RCC and the Chairman, H.E. Mr Igor Shegolev,
Minister of Telecom & Mass Communications of Russia, to this important meeting
hosted by H.E. Mr Nicolai Pantelei, Minister of Communications and
Informatization of the Republic of Belarus.
I noted that this meeting of the Board will discuss mainly two issues as far as
ITU is concerned: Connect CIS Summit and WTDC-2010. My colleague, Mr
Sami Al-Basheer will present these two topics to you later on.
The ITU Connect CIS Summit is a key step in the process which will enable the
rapid transition to a fully-digital economy in the region, facilitate the
development to achieve the WSIS goals.
During the last two days, the Members of the CIS Region have worked hard to
reach agreements for many important proposals and/or suggestions and
initiatives. They will meet again this afternoon to finalize their
outputs. I hope you will give them your endorsement and support.
In the 18 years since it was founded, RCC has proved itself a very valuable
asset in the region, harmonizing communications networks; coordinating radio
spectrum; and participating in ITU’s activities and work – among other important
activities. We are very pleased and appreciate that RCC has always been
supportive to ITU.
There is another important ITU Conference in October 2010, we will be holding
the Plenipotentiary Conference in Veracruz, Mexico. As the ITU’s top
policy-making body, held every four years, the conference is the key event at
which ITU Member States decide on the future role of our organization – thereby
determining ITU’s ability to influence and affect the development of ICTs
worldwide. We count on your support.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I would just like to say a few brief words about climate change.
ICTs are at the centre of everything we do in the modern world. They play a
vital role in the global economy and in the lives of us all.
ICTs can help solve the climate crisis in many ways –reducing the need for
travel by teleconferencing, making industry more efficient with new ICT tools,
and helping us monitor environmental change through monitoring systems
disseminating warning information by radio equipment etc..
This is why ITU Council-09 adopted a new Resolution calling on all ITU Member
States to strive to ensure that ICTs are included in the final texts from
Copenhagen. I would invite you to lobby through your Governments,
and particularly through the Ministers responsible for environment, for the
importance of ICT be included in the output documents of the Copenhagen Climate
To conclude, I offer you our best wishes for the future of the RCC and wish you
a very successful meeting.