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 2011-2014 are as follows:
Regional Initiative 1: Broadband access network
Regional Initiative 2: Digital broadcasting
Regional Initiative 3: Open-source software
Regional Initiative 4: Arabic digital content
Regional Initiative 5: Cybersecurity
The Arab Regional Initiatives adopted for the period 2015-2018 are as follows:
Regional Initiative 1: Development of broadband access and adoption of broadband
Regional Initiative 2: Building confidence and security in the use of telecommunications/ICTs
Regional Initiative 3: Use of telecommunications/ICTs for smart and sustainable development and protection of the environment
Regional Initiative 4: Smart learning
Regional Initiative 5: Ensuring access to telecommunications/ICTs, in particular for persons with disabilities