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WCIT-12: Preparatory Process

Briefing Sessions

The briefing sessions were held at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, on Monday, 8 and Tuesday, 9 October 2012 and were chaired by Mr. Mohamed Al-Ghanim, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates and by Mr. Mohamed Gheyath, Executive Director Policies & Programs/Information & E-Government Sector.

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Council Working Group

Pursuant to the creation of a Council Working Group to Prepare for WCIT 12 (CWG-WCIT-12) at Council 2009 (Council Resolution 1312), and consideration by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Guadalajara, 2010) of the CWG-WCIT-12 report, and contributions from Member States, the Plenipotentiary Conference adopted Resolution 171 on Preparations for the 2012 WCIT. PP-10 resolved that the agenda and dates for the Conference as fixed in Council Resolution 1317 be adopted for the work of WCIT 12, and that the CWG-WCIT-12 shall constitute the preparatory process. 

Regional Preparatory Meetings

While the CWG-WCIT-12 constitutes the preparatory process for WCIT-12, Resolution 171 (Guadalajara, 2010) instructs the Secretary-General to support any regional preparatory meetings, in coordination with the regional telecommunication organizations, which may be called prior to WCIT-12. The Secretary-General has sent a letter to these organizations requesting their assistance. Regional preparatory meetings for WCIT-12 will be held back-to-back with the regional preparatory meetings for WTSA-12.

Public Views and Opinions

On 11 July 2012, the ITU Council decided that the Draft of the future ITRs be made publicly accessible. Council also decided that a publicly accessible webpage would be established where all stakeholders could express their views and opinions on the content of the Draft of the future ITRs or any other matter related to WCIT. The outcome of this public consultation was communicated to Member States in Circular Letter No. 131.  
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