Ladies and gentlemen,
It is a tremendous honour to be here with you for the Opening Ceremony of ITU Telecom World 2011 – the 40th anniversary edition of the most important international event in the ICT calendar.
I would like to welcome all those who have come to celebrate with us. This includes heads of state, heads of UN agencies, ministers, regulators, captains of industry, and global thought-leaders.
It also includes, for the first time, tens of thousands of people from around the world who are joining us using the full range of connected technologies to play their part in this unique event, and to celebrate 40 years of ITU Telecom with us.
As a result, ITU Telecom World has become a genuine conversation this year, reflecting the concerns and dreams and visions not just of people here in Palexpo this week, but remote delegates on every continent, participating via homes, schools, telecentres, and businesses large and small.
ICTs affect everything we do in the 21st century, and so let me encourage each and every one of you to get involved through the course of this event.
Take part in polls. Send in your questions through the social networking channels we have opened up.
Challenge us, and be part of the story!
Before I close, let me draw your attention to the young digital innovators who have joined us here in Geneva to demonstrate 45 ideas they expect to revolutionize our world.
They will be making their pitches from two-thirty this afternoon, and please do come along and see them, if you are here in Geneva, or tune in online if you are participating remotely.
As you will from the screens in a moment, the ICT sector has become an incredible inter-woven tapestry of shared stories, and here you can see just some of the many ways that technology is enriching lives and bringing communities together across the world…