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BDT Director's Speeches

ITU-D Study Group 1 Plenary Session 2015
Geneva, Switzerland  14 September 2015






Ms. Roxanne McElvane, Chairman of Study Group 1

Vice-Chairmen of Study Group 1,

Distinguished delegates,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Good morning

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this meeting of ITU-D Study Group 1. 

I would like to particularly welcome Roxanne, the Chairman of Study Group 1, all vice-chairmen, rapporteurs, co-rapporteurs and vice-rapporteurs and all participants, including those who are attending the meeting remotely.

Distinguished delegates,

My vision of the ITU-D Study Groups is now well-known: Study Groups are the knowledge centre of ITU-D and they represent a unique neutral platform where experts gather to produce relevant, useful guidelines and resources for our Membership. 

Engaging in the work of ITU-D Study Groups gives access to a global pool of expertise and resources from which every country can benefit, regardless of the level of development and income.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Last year we embarked on a wonderful journey of our study period on our way to WTDC-17, using the Dubai Action Plan as our roadmap.

Year after year we are building on the momentum created by our strong belief on the important role the ITU-D study groups.

Year after year we are receiving a large number of excellent contributions. I have no doubt that they will lead to high-quality outputs.

I am pleased to note that progress has already been made in drafting some reports and guidelines.

Innovation is one of the key pillars of our work. Let's innovate together for this study period! Let us prepare together for the post 2017 study period.

For the first time, some of our Members have organized exhibits to showcase their solutions, mostly innovative applications that can improve everyone's lives. The exhibits will take place in front of this room starting this week.

This is a great opportunity to showcase the practicality of the studies conducted and of the guidelines and resources produced.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Among the many interesting issues on our agenda for the two weeks, I would like to highlight three events.

On Tuesday last week we had the cybersecurity workshop to share best practices on international, regional and national level approaches for enhancing cybersecurity capacity.

We also held the first ITU-D Academia network meeting.

On Friday this week we will organize the "Let's roam the world" workshop.

I am also pleased to inform you that we now have an improved version of the ITU-D events mobile application. I invite you to download it on your smartphones and tablets.

Before I conclude, I would like to reiterate that, in order to achieve overall synergies, it is crucial that the work of the Study Groups and the implementation of programmes and regional initiatives are coherent and interrelated. I will make that we continue to improve this interrelation.

I would like to thank Roxanne for her leadership and stewardship before I leave you in his abled hands.

I wish you a wonderful week.

I thank you very much.