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World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014


BDT Side Events

In conjunction with the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14), the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau organized a series of BDT side events for Member States and Sector Members to address various ICT development themes.

 Saturday, 29 March 2014

Connectivity for Small Island Developing States (Saturday, 29 March 2014, 10:30 -12:30, Room C)

Reliable telecommunication and information and communication technologies (ICTs) are indispensable for promoting the sustainable socio-economic development of countries, in particular of Small Island Developing States that have suffered and being vulnerable to natural disasters. Under the present conditions and in the foreseeable future, these countries will not be able to ensure effective operation of their telecommunication sector and ICT development without help from the international community, provided bilaterally or through international organizations.

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Executive Strategic Dialogue on Broadband for Sustainable Development (Saturday, 29 March 2014, 14:00 - 15:30, Room B)

This strategic dialogue provided a platform for an interactive debate on the trends, challenges and opportunities of the telecom/ICT sector. In particular, it focused on strategies and policies directed towards broadband development worldwide, while discussing the challenges and opportunities offered via high speed networks and e-services provided over the modern infrastructure, including e-learning, e-government, e-health, etc.

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Information Session on Strategic Planning and Results-Based Management World Trade Centre (Saturday, 29 March 2014, 15:45 to 17:00, Room B)

The Information Session on strategic planning and results-based management (RBM) provided a comprehensive introduction to the ITU-D strategic planning process, present how WTDC will shape the strategy of the Union and highlight the key components of the ITU results-based management framework. As the ‘best practice’ methodology within the UN system, RBM aims to improve the organization’s effectiveness, efficiency, transparency and accountability. By focusing on ‘results’ rather than ‘activities’, RBM helps ITU to better articulate strategic goals, objectives, outcomes and outputs, and to better evaluate their achievement using proper indicators and targets.

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Monday, 31 March 2014

Arab Digital Content Competition Award Ceremony (Monday, 31 March 2014, 13:30 - 14:15, Room D)

The winners of the Arabic Digital Content Competition were announced at the award ceremony.

The Competition was launched in October 2013 to foster innovative ideas amongst the next generation of social entrepreneurs working to promote Arabic Digital Content. Participants - young people between the ages of 18 and 30 - were asked to present an original idea relevant to Arabic Digital Content in one of the following areas:

  • E-commerce
  • Social media
  • Education
  • Preserving cultural heritage
  • Mobile applications

The Competition was organized by ITU, with the sponsorship of the Bahrain Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), and in partnership with the UN-ESCWA, the Information Technology Institute in Egypt and Arabnet.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

ITU turns 150 in 2015 (Tuesday, 1 April, 13:30 – 14:15, Room D)

The information session “ ITU turns 150 in 2015” provided participants at WTDC-14 with an overview of past ITU anniversaries, and presented the different modalities for ITU Membership to contribute to commemorate 150 years of global collaboration to connect the world.

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Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Measuring Countries' Readiness and Build Capacity on Cybersecurity (Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 13:30 - 14:15, Room D)

The event aimed of sharing with Member States the concept, status of future developments of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), a joint initiative launched by ITU and ABI Research to measure and assess cybersecurity posture and readiness in Member States.

The event was organized by ITU with the participation of ITU-D sector member ABI Research as well as the World Economic Forum (WEF), who expressed strong interest in supporting the GCI effort.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

ITU Interactive Terrestrial Transmission Maps (Thursday, 3 April 2014, 13:30 - 14:15, Room D)

During this event, ITU presented the main features of the web-based ITU Interactive Terrestrial Transmission Maps (Optical Fibres and Microwaves). The ITU Interactive Terrestrial Transmission Maps are an authoritative ICT data mapping platform to take stock of national backbone connectivity as well as of other key metrics of the ICT sector. They  are displayed in a web map based on United Nations cartography standards, visually locating the optical fibres and microwaves nodes and links on the maps.

The Maps are a great source of data for network planners, policy makers and regulators to assess the status of national connectivity and to identify gaps. They will enable the Industry to assess market opportunities, thus serving as a management tool, and will act for all interested stakeholders as a source of abundant and current data on global ICT connectivity.

These Maps have been created by ITU in collaboration with Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) for Asia-Pacific maps, and with The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) for Africa maps. Data concerning submarine cables have been provided by TeleGeography. Further partnerships will be established with other national and regional stakeholders for improving the amount and quality of collected data.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Measuring the Information Society (Sunday, 6 April 2014, 13:30 - 14:15, Room D)

ICT policy makers and regulators need to be well informed about the ICT uptake in their countries, and compared to other countries. This event presented the ongoing work in ITU in the area of ICT statistics, including the ITU statistical Expert Groups (EGTI and EGH), and brief participants on the upcoming World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2014, the preparation of the Measuring the Information Society (MIS) 2014 report and the final quantitative assessment report of the WSIS targets. The session provided participants with an opportunity to learn more about ITU's work on ICT measurement and engage actively in a debate concerning data collection, dissemination and analysis.

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Presentation on Spectrum Management Software (SMS4DC) and Digital Broadcasting Transition Guidelines (Monday, 7 April 2014, 13:30 - 14:15, Room D)

The main features of version 4.1 of Spectrum Management System for Developing Countries (SMS4DC) and an overview of the Digital Broadcasting Transition Guidelines were presented at this event.

SMS4DC is sold as an integrated software package on CD-ROM containing the software, a user manual and a 1 km resolution digital terrain map of the world. The transition from analogue to digital broadcasting requires decisions to be made on a large number of political, social, economic and technological issues. Therefore, it is necessary to develop a well-defined roadmap covering national strategies and key decisions.

The current edition of the Guidelines is a complete review of the previous editions and is applicable to all regions. This edition has been updated with the latest ITU-R Recommendations and Reports, the decisions taken at WRC-12 and the experience gained in the applications of the Guidelines in the ITU/BDT Roadmap projects. Furthermore Annexes have been added with information on satellite TV, cable TV & IPTV.

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Technical Requirements for Large Scale Deployment of eHealth Innovations (Monday, 7 April 2014, 17:45 - 18:30, Room D)

During this session, we shared lessons learnt and best practices from leading technology partners who have a long standing experience in developing and deploying scalable, open, secured and integrated eHealth platforms.

There is strong evidence that smart, innovative solutions, such as mobile technologies can facilitate healthcare, save lives and cut healthcare costs on an unprecedented scale and can make a real difference to people around the world. But while there are many who have already engaged the power of technology to healthcare, current efforts are duplicative and fragmented. This adds both cost and complexity to those buying health services, and limits the market to those selling innovation and the ability of systems to reach scale; the net result is confusion. There is a pressing need to embrace an integrated and holistic approach to deploy scalable eHealth solutions by avoiding a piece-meal approach to systems development and adopting a "Platform" approach that would learn from other sectors to create the "right type" of integration, respecting regulatory boundaries and applying relevant open and shared standards.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

WSIS+10 High-Level Event (Tuesday, 8 April 2014, 13:30 - 14:15, Room D)

This side event provided an exhaustive briefing on the status of preparations towards the World Summit on the Information Society +10 (WSIS+10) High-Level Event (Geneva, Switzerland, 10-13 June 2014). WSIS+10 engages high-level representatives of Member States and other stakeholders that have been implementing the WSIS Outcomes.


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