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Event, 26 February 2024
Mobile World Congress

At MWC Barcelona, the ITU Secretary-General announced over USD 9 billion worth of new pledges by mobile operator groups through the ITU-led Partner2Connect Digital Coalition. Over four days, she addressed the ministerial-level “Steering the Digital Economy" session, moderated a roundtable of women tech leaders, discussed women's digital inclusion and early warnings for all, co-chaired the Smart Africa Steering Committee, and promoted the ITU-UNICEF school connectivity initiative Giga.​​

Event, 11 February 2024
Space Debris Conference

​​The ITU Secretary-General attended the Space Debris Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where she talked about the need to ensure that our shared space environment becomes an accessible, sustainable, and beneficial commons for all humanity.​

Event, 07 February 2024
Visit to China
​Visiting Beijing, China, to meet high-level officials ahead of the Lunar New Year, the ITU Secretary-General spoke with Vice Premier Zhang Guoqing on bridging connectivity divides, AI, space tech, green digital action, and more. 

Event, 06 February 2024
Asia Tech x Inspire, Singapore

The Secretary-General delivered a keynote speech in Singapore and took part in a fireside chat at Asia Tech x Inspire (ATxInspire)  ahead of the 29-31 May ATxSummit.​​

Event, 05 February 2024
Singapore Distinguished Visitors’ Programme

On a visit to Singapore as part of its Distinguished Visitors' Programme, the ITU Secretary-General met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Communications and Information, and Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and National Development.

Event, 03 February 2024
ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

​​​The support of ITU’s Regional Offices is key to helping countries advance and accelerate digital transformation. The Secretary-General caught up with ITU Asia Pacific staff in Bangkok who are dedicated to delivering on the priorities for the region.​

Event, 01 February 2024
ASEAN Digital Ministers Meeting

​The ITU Secretary-General attended the 4th ASEAN Digital Ministers Meeting in Singapore on 1-2 February, for a high-level session with ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN). Building an inclusive and trusted digital ecosystem is the cornerstone of a shared digital future.​​​​​​

Event, 22 January 2024
Briefing for ambassadors
The ITU Secretary-General welcomed the Geneva diplomatic community for the first ambassadors’ briefing of 2024. She shared ITU's priorities for this year on topics from AI for Good to WSIS+20.​

Event, 20 January 2024
Network of Women in ITU-T

​​The ITU Secretary-General addressed the Network of Women in the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) to kick off a “NOW4WTSA24" campaign promoting gender equality at the upcoming World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-24).


Event, 16 January 2024
WEF 2024: ITU Secretary-General outlines inclusive digital future

​World Economic Forum (W​EF) discussions highlighted ITU's priorities on AI, space services and digital inclusion. 


Event, 15 December 2023
WRC-23 closing

​​The ITU Secretary-General gave remarks at the closing session of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) in Dubai, UAE. See press release on highlights of the conference.​​

Event, 11 December 2023
Human Rights 75

​The ITU Secretary-General moderated the session on the Future of Human Rights and Digital Technology at HR75 – the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 

Event, 02 December 2023
Green Digital Action at COP28

​​​The ITU Secretary-General addressed the high-level opening of Green Digital Action at COP28. ITU, together with partners spanning governments, businesses, civil society, and fellow UN agencies, convened the Green Digital Action track to step up digital climate action.​​

Event, 30 November 2023
Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum

​During COP28, the ITU Secretary-General joined the launch of the Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum– a key initiative to accelerate climate action. She is seen here talking to His Majesty King Charles III about telecoms, artificial intelligence, and all things in space.​

Event, 28 November 2023
GIGA Global retreat

​The ITU Secretary-General addressed the Giga Global retreat, which brought together ITU and UNICEF colleagues engaged in the push to connect every school in the world to the Internet.​​

Event, 21 November 2023
Huawei 2023 Sustainability Forum

The ITU Secretary-General addressed the Huawei 2023 Sustainability Forum, noting how Partner2Connect pledges are helping to extend meaningful connectivity to everyone world​wide.​

Event, 20 November 2023
WRC-23 opening
​​​The ITU Secretary-General addressed the opening of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) in Dubai, UAE, dedicated to reviewing and updating the ITU Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the global use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits.​

Event, 17 November 2023
RA-23 closing

The ITU Secretary-General gave closing remarks at the Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-23) in Dubai, UAE, immediately preceding the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23). A resolution by RA-23 strengthens gender equality and promotes women's involvement across the radiocommunication sector.

Article, 30 October 2023
Science services to safeguard our planet

​​​"Radio networks are vital to making our world more sustainable," notes ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin in ITU News Magazine, underlining the importance of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) to strengthen Earth observation and expand global digital connectivity. ​​​​

Article, 29 September 2023
Young tech superstars and Africa’s digital future

​​ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin lauds young innovators as a driving force for sustainable development. ​​

Event, 17 September 2023
SDG Digital: Game-changing solutions

During the United Nations General Assembly, ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin and UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner called for scaling up innovative, ambitious digital solutions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Watch their SDG Digital opening.​​

Article, 04 September 2023
Global Governance Project: How the G20 can help rescue sustainable development

​​"With progress on the Sustainable Development Goals stalling, G20 members have the unique critical mass to turn things around," says ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin in a G20 India thought-leadership compilation from the Global Governance Project. As the world's largest economies, they can ensure "our shared digital future is inclusive, sustainable, and safe and responsible."Read her article​​.

Article, 24 August 2023
ITU News op-ed: G20 priorities

ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin gives her take on top priorities for the G20 and welcomes India’s focus on  digital infrastructure, security, and skills​.​​

Event, 23 June 2023
EQUALS-EU Summer School at ITU

Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin welcomed participants of the EQUALS-EU Summer School program in Geneva to ITU HQ, for a discussion on women in tech leadership and bridging the gender digital divide. She urged them to bring their valuable contributions to the field of technology.​​

Event, 22 June 2023
13th World Chambers Congress

​At the 13th World Chambers Congress in Geneva, Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin opened a session on Digital Transformation for SME success. Noting the digital transformation success of SMEs is everyone's success, she encouraged participants to consider the issue through the lens of meaningful connectivity.​​

Event, 12 June 2023
G20 Development Ministers' Meeting

​Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin attended the G20 Development Ministers' meeting in Varanasi, held under India's G20 Presidency. She commended G20 nations for their emphasis on harnessing data and digital technologies in a responsible and sustainable manner and underscored that achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals requires connecting the 2.7 billion people who are still offline. ​

Article, 07 June 2023
GSR-23: A defining moment for digital regulators

"The question before us is simple, yet profound," ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin said at the opening ceremony of the Global Symposium for Regulators 2023 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. "What can regulators do to build a sustainable digital future for all, before it's too late?''​

She shares three key thoughts on how today's regulators can do this.

Event, 22 May 2023
19th World Meteorological Congress

​Delivering opening remarks at the High-Level Dialogue on Early Warnings for All, Secretary-General Bogdan-Martin emphasized the importance of last-mile connectivity, to ensure warnings reach those at risk in time to take action. She urged: ''Let's reduce inequalities and invest in digital technology, and let's cover the whole world with an early warning system by the end of 2027."  ​

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.​​