ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL INITIATIVES
ITU Asia-Pacific Regional Development Forum (RDF-ASP 2018) on “ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals” aims to provide a platform for high level dialogue for ITU Members (Member States, ITU-D Sector Members, and Academia Members) in the Asia-Pacific Region, development agencies, and partners.The World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17) adopted the Buenos Aires Action Plan (BaAP), which also includes five new Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (ASP-RI) to be implemented during 2018-2021. The final report of WTDC-17 is available here.
ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT FORUM
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing the ITU Regional Development Forum for Asia-Pacific Region on "ICTs for Sustainable Development Goals" (RDF-ASP 2018) that will be held on 21-22 May 2018 at the Sukosol Bangkok Hotel, Thailand. RDF-ASP 2018 is kindly hosted by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Thailand.
The objective of the ITU Regional Development Forum (RDF) is to provide an opportunity for high-level dialogue between the BDT and decision-makers, governments and regulators, of ITU Member States, Sector Members and Academia. The RDF serves as a privileged platform for assessing strategic orientations that may have an impact on BDT's regional work plan in between World Telecommunication Development Conferences (WTDCs).
As we embark on the ITU Development Sector (ITU-D) Operational Cycle 2018-2021, the Forum will focus on the strategic context for the ITU Members in the Asia-Pacific region provided by the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017 (WTDC-17). RDF-ASP 2018 will focus on the implementation of the Buenos Aires Action Plan (BaAP), with particular emphasis on the five Asia-Pacific Regional Initiatives (ASP-RI) 2018-2021 and invites feedback, proposals and recommendations to adjust as well as contribute to the BDT’s work in the Asia-Pacific region in this next operational cycle.
The Forum will be paperless, conducted in English and will not require any participation fees.
ITU is pleased to invite your organization to participate in this important forum, and is pleased to provide one full fellowship to one participant duly authorized by the respective ITU Adminstration from Least Developed Countries(LDCs) and eligible Developing Countries in the Asia Pacific Region, subject to available budget, to facilitate their participation in the Forum.
Completed fellowship application forms should be received at ITU by 30 April 2018. The last date for registration is 11 May 2018. Should you require any further information, please contact Mr. Sameer Sharma, ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (email@example.com).