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Visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Chief Executives Board meeting

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré welcomes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at ITU headquarters in Geneva

Mr Ban addresses ITU staff at the Town Hall meeting on April 12

Heads of Agencies and top-level staff at the morning session of the Spring CEB meeting held in ITU’s Popov room

12-13 April 2012, Geneva, Switzerland

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré was honoured to welcome United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his third visit to ITU headquarters, where he presided over the UN Chief Executives Board meeting (CEB), which was co-hosted on 13 April by ITU and the World Meteorological Organization.

On the evening before the meeting, Mr Ban addressed gathered ITU staff at a special ‘Town Hall’ meeting, where he outlined the UN’s key priorities going forward, placing special emphasis on gender and youth empowerment.

Dr Touré was pleased to underline ITU’s new initiatives in both areas, citing special youth-focused sessions at ITU regional and global events such as the Connect Arab Summit (Doha, 5-7 March), and the upcoming Connect Americas Summit (Panama, 17-19 July) and ITU Telecom World 2012 (Dubai, 14-18 October), his hosting of the first global ‘Girls in ICT Day’, which will take place on April 26, and the theme of this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, which focuses on Women and Girls in ICT.

“We are all very grateful for Mr Ban Ki-moon’s participation in this meeting, and for his leadership of the United Nations, which continues to work on a daily basis to make the world a better place for all,” said Dr Touré.

Over 80 high-level officials attended the CEB meeting, including 29 Heads of Agencies from around the world. They worked on a packed agenda of strategic issues spanning the UN’s broad global development and peace-keeping mandate.