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 Global Standards Symposium
 Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 October 2008 Contact:

Symposium objectives and participation

The objective of the GSS is to provide a high-level forum for discussion, open both to members and non-members, with a focus on bridging the standardization gap. The GSS will have two main topics:

  1. Bridging the standardization gap (PP-06 Res 123; WTSA-04 Res 44).
  2. Collaboration among stakeholders to achieve this objective.

Although not formally a part of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-08), the GSS will provide a report to the WTSA for information and action as appropriate, giving participants a unique opportunity to provide input to the event that decides future direction for ITU-T.

Participation is open to all interested parties, including:

  • Other standards development organizations and technical bodies, including regional organizations;
  • Other forums and consortia, including those listed in ITU-T Recommendation A.4;
  • Other relevant stakeholders that are not members of ITU-T, in line with PP-06 Resolution 141.


In PP-06 Resolution 122 (Rev. Antalya 2006), the Director of the TSB is instructed to “consider … organizing a worldwide standardization round table and consultation meeting, possibly in conjunction with WTSA, for one day immediately prior to the assembly”. Following further discussion by an ad-hoc Group reporting to TSAG, and subsequent discussion in a TSAG Correspondence Group, it has been agreed that a “Global Standards Symposium” will be held for one day, immediately prior to WTSA-08. Following the approval by Council 2007 of the dates and venue of WTSA-08 (see R.1272); this will be held on 20 October 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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