2021 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21)
​​​​​Addis Ababa - Ethiopia | 8-19 November 2021
2021 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21)
Addis Ababa - Ethiopia | 8-19 November 2021

Doreen Bogdan-Martin, DIrector, ITU/BDTBy Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

The 2021 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21) comes at a defining mom​ent for the world and our place in it. The COVID-19 global pandemic has brought home the stark reality th​at in today’s hyper-connected economie​s, connectivity is not just important; it is absolutely critical. At the same time, it is increasingly clear that the success of this final Decade of Action in achieving the​ SDGs will largely rest on digital solutions.

At this crucial juncture, with recent events injecting new urgency ​and momentum into efforts to connect the next 3.6 billion, the role of the WTDC will be critical. Our deepening digital dependence reinforces the need to make every possible effort to bring meaningful connectivity to all.

With governments around the world now according unprecedented importance to the development of digital networks and services, WTDC-21 represents our best chance in decades to mobilize the global community around the power of digital transformation, and reshape the connectivity agenda.

This website will serve as the repository of everything you need to know about the conference, from its vision and structure, to logistical information about the venue and your participation. It will continue to be progressively updated, so be sure to check regularly for the latest information.

I look forward to welcoming you to Addis Ababa in November 2021!


WTDC web dialogues

Illustration of web dialogueOver 200 participants from all over the world participated in the web dialogues on WTDC-21 and discussed the conference preparatory process, c​ontent and structure, stakeholder engagement and side events. With COVID-19 throwing a global spotlight on connectivity and injecting new urgency and momentum into connecting the next 3.6 billion, the role of WTDC will be critical.

Participants continued to discuss ideas to position WTDC-21 as the landmark conference to meet advance sustainable development and address development issues. The outcomes of the two WTDC web dialogues will be presented at TDAG in June.

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WTDC regional consultations

A series of WTDC regional consultations are planned in 2020. Consultations seek to ensure WTDC meets the needs of membership​, mobilizes the global community around digital transformation and reshapes the connectivity agenda to achieve sustainable development for all.

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