Regional initiatives are adopted in World Telecommunications Development Conferences (WTDC) and are intended to address specific telecommunication/information and communication technology (ICT) priority areas, through partnerships and resource mobilization to implement small-, medium- and large scale projects. Under each regional initiative, projects are developed and implemented to meet the region's needs.
In fulfilling the Union's dual responsibility as a United Nations specialized agency and executing agency for implementing projects under the United Nations development system or other funding arrangements so as to facilitate and enhance telecommunication/ICT development, ITU D offers, organizes and coordinates technical cooperation assistance through regional initiatives and projects.
The Arab Regional Initiatives adopted for the period 2018-2021 are as follows:
Regional Initiative 1: Environment, climate change and emergency telecommunications
Regional Initiative 2: Confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/information and communication technologies
Regional Initiative 3: Digital financial inclusion
Regional Initiative 4: Internet of Things, smart cities and big data
Regional Initiative 5: Innovation and entrepreneurship