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GSR 2023

Office of the Secretary-General

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Doreen Bogdan-Martin

ITU Secretary-General

Doreen Bogdan-MartinDoreen Bogdan-Martin took office as Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 1 January 2023.

With over two decades of leadership experience in global telecommunications policy, Ms. Bogdan-Martin has emphasized the need for digital transformation to achieve economic prosperity, job creation, skills development, gender equality, and socio-economic inclusion, as well as to build circular economies, reduce climate impact, and save lives. Her historic election by ITU Member States in S​eptember 2022 made her the first woman ever to head the 157-year-old organization. Known for mobilizing innovative partnerships, she aims promote meaningful connectivity, intensify cooperation to connect the unconnected, and strengthen the alignment of digital technologies with inclusive sustainable development.​​

Official visits

ITU Official Visits, High Level and VIP Meetings

Recent activities

Event, 17 May 2023
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2023

ITU's 158th birthday was marked by a celebration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), at ITU HQ. Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin said, ''This year we dedicate the Day to Least Developed Countries and I'm calling for your Partner2Connect pledges to support their digital journey. Together we can make 2023 a year of unprecedented digital development in LDCs.''​​

Event, 15 May 2023
SAMENA Council Leaders' Summit

While participating at the SAMENA Council Leaders' Summit in Dubai, Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin noted with pleasure the Summit's focus on sustainable connectivity, given its alignment with ITU's strategic objectives: universal meaningful connectivity and sustainable digital transformation.​​

Event, 10 May 2023
Ambassadors' Briefing

Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to the UN in Geneva attended a briefing at ITU. Chaired by Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin, this meeting provided an update on the current priorities and activities of the ITU and the forthcoming major events of the Union.​​​​

Event, 04 May 2023
UN Chief Executives Board Meeting

​​​​Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin visited Nairobi, Kenya, for meetings of the United Nations Chief Executives Board and UN Sustainable Development Group Principals. While in Nairobi, the Secretary-General also had bilateral meetings with H.E. President William Ruto and Kenyan government officials. ​​

Event, 27 April 2023
Girls in ICT Day 2023

​​Celebrating Girls in ICT Day 2023 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin told young women and girls: ''I dare you not only to dream but to do. Learn the digital skills you need to succeed in today's digital world and the future is yours. Believe in yourself… never give up. The world needs tech, and tech needs you.''​​