The aim of the Inter-Regional Meetings is to foster inter-regional discussions and identify common positions and agreement on key issues ahead of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) which will take place in 2022. IRMs will strengthen the preparatory process, which will focus on defining regional priorities and initiatives, revising or drafting resolutions, addressing study groups and study Questions related matters and developing guidelines and text for the Declaration. Members are reminded that these matters are also being discussed within the TDAG Working Group on Resolutions, Declaration and Thematic Priorities (TDAG-WG-RDTP). Details of these meetings are available on the
TDAG-WG-RDTP webpage .
IRMs will further help make WTDC an action-oriented conference to develop a shared understanding of existing barriers and advancing effective, sustainable and innovative solutions for the expansion of meaningful connectivity for everyone, everywhere.
In line with the TDAG recommendation, three Inter-regional Meetings will be held, as far as possible, back-to-back with Regional Preparatory Meetings (RPMs) or other events. The following dates have been retained:
11 March 2021, 1300h-1600h CET (virtual)
13-14 December 2021,1300h-1600h (virtual)
|10-11 March 2022|
IRMs are open to all ITU-D membership. Member States are encouraged to include in their delegations representatives from regulators, policy-makers, civil society, academia, Internet technical community, youth, gender equality organizations, and others.
IRM agendas will be built around key discussions taking place during RPMs, and may include proposals from Member States, Sector Members, Regional Telecommunication Organizations (RTOs), BDT and other stakeholders. Discussions will focus on key topics that require coordination and consensus between the different regions. A draft agenda for IRM-1 will be circulated towards the end of January, following the RPM for Europe (RPM-EUR).
Following TDAG's recommendations, the Chairman-designate of WTDC has been invited to chair the three IRMs, and six vice-chairmen are to be appointed, one nominated by each of the respective RTOs. Each RTO is also invited to identify the representative(s) of their choice to speak on behalf of their region.