Ladies and gentlemen,
What an amazing and productive two days we have had. I,
personally, have not only learned a great deal, but have also seen a great deal
to reinforce my optimism. Together, we can now move boldly forward, united in a
It remains only to offer my gratitude – personally, and on
behalf of the ITU, to all those who have made this Strategic Dialogue so
Thanks first and foremost, to our hosts, the Japanese
Ministry for Internal Affairs and Communications – and particularly to the
Minister, His Excellency Mr Kunio Hatoyama.
Our thanks also to the numerous speakers, chairpersons and
moderators who made enlivened the debates, provoked our thoughts and brought
real vigour to the proceedings.
I would like to single out for special thanks:
- Mr Shun Sakurai, the Director-General of the Telecommunications Bureau
at the MIC;
- Professor Masao Horibe, Professor Emeritus of Hitotsubashi University;
- Ms Natasha Jackson of the GSM Association;
- Mr John Carr, Secretary of the Children's Charities' Coalition on
- Ms Nevine Tewfik, Director of the CyberPeace Initiative;
- Dr Eun-Ju Kim, Head of ITU’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific;
- and last but by no means least Ms Deborah Tate, Honorable Former US FCC
Thanks must also go to the ITU Focal Point here in Japan,
Mr Yushi Torigoe, and of course to all the ITU staff who helped make the
event a success – including in particular Ms Doreen Bogdan and Ms Cristina
Bueti, who have put so much time and effort into the COP initiative.
There has been a great deal of emphasis over the past two days
on the need for team work; the need for collaboration and cooperation; and the
need to address the issues, holistically, on a global scale.
And I have been very impressed with the determination I have
seen and the willingness to address this issue head-on, and to take positive
As the President of Soka Gakkai International, Daisaku Ikeda,
famously said: “The determination to win is the better part of winning.”
I believe we are all, here, determined to win – and look
forward to doing so!