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Speech by ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré

​Council Working Group on Languages
Opening Remarks

05 March 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Distinguished colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me welcome you to this important meeting today.

As you know, the Council Working Group on Languages was set up to ensure the effective implementation of PP Resolution 154 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010), concerning the treatment of the six official languages on an equal footing.

ITU is highly-committed to multi-lingualism:

Ladies and gentlemen,

An enormous amount of practical implementation work has been accomplished in regard to languages in ITU, especially during the last two PP cycles, governed by PP Resolution 154.

The extremely rapid and successful implementation of the treatment of the six official languages on an equal footing in ITU has been recognized and commended by this group, by ITU Council and by the Plenipotentiary Conference.

Indeed, it is clear from the report of your last meeting that members of this group are highly satisfied with the work accomplished to date in many key areas mandated by Resolution 154.

This includes, in particular:

Naturally, more can and must be done, both towards the general goals of further improving equality of treatment and maximizing language use, and in the specific areas you have identified for closer attention and improvement, not least:

I note that these and other aspects for future consideration are duly reflected in the excellent draft report to the Council and draft revision of Resolution 154, which you have before you at today’s meeting, as well as in the contribution from the Russian Federation.

This makes me confident that, at the end of today’s meeting, we will have a clear set of objectives for further work over the coming period.

Distinguished colleagues,

I can assure you that the secretariat as a whole remains fully committed to the use of languages to support and leverage Member States’ work and ITU’s activities and outreach.

The secretariat will continue to do its utmost:

Let me therefore close by saying that we look forward to your guidance, and I wish you all a very successful meeting.

Thank you.