ITU Elections: Acceptance Speech
Dr Hamadoun I. Touré|
Re-elected Secretary-General of ITU
Guadalajara, Mexico, 7 October 2010
My wife Coumba, my children Fatim, Mata, Sekou, and Mariam, the mother of my granddaughters Aliya and Raina, who are here in Guadalajara to support me in person.
My thanks go to:
Valery Timofeev, Malcolm Johnson and Sami Al Basheer, the Directors of ITU's three Bureaux;
My assistant, Kristiina Ba, who has been more like a sister than an adviser;
And, of course,
the entire ITU
work has enabled
us to accomplish
the results we
All of us had a dream, a great dream. We shared that dream. It has become a vision – a very ambitious but nonetheless achievable vision for a better world in which ICTs play and will go on playing a preeminent role.
We are in the process of creating a world in which all the planet's inhabitants have the opportunity to develop.
Ladies and gentlemen,
It was on this day, 7 October, in 1942, that the U.S. and British governments announced the establishment of the United Nations.
And it was also on this day, in 1959, that the U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmitted the first ever photographs of the far side of the moon.
Today is also special, as the Chairman just informed us while we were starting this session, as it is today that the Nobel Prize for Literature 2010 has been awarded to the great author Mario Vargas Llosa.
I know his work well, and I remember his recent novel, The Way to Paradise. But he has been writing since I was a small boy. I was just ten years old, when his 1963 novel, "The Time of the Hero" was published, yet it is still timely today.
This brings me to another great Latin American writer, Octavio Paz, who won the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature.
He once said: "La sabiduría no está ni en la fijeza, ni en el cambio, sino en la dialéctica entre ellos."
This is very appropriate, and translates roughly as: "Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.""
Ladies and gentlemen,
I would like to thank you once again for investing your confidence in me. I feel deeply moved that you have chosen to allow me to lead the Union for the next four years.
Moreover, I am aware that while what we have accomplished in the past four years is important, what truly matters now is how effectively we can work together to achieve our compelling and critical objectives in the next four years.