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WTDC Resolution 20

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WTDC RESOLUTION 20 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)

Non-discriminatory access to modern telecommunication and information technology facilities, services and related applications

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010),

  • recalling
    • Resolution 20 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference,
  • recalling also
    • a)Resolution 64 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, and the importance of telecommunications/information and communication technologies (ICTs) for political, economic, social and cultural progress;
    • b)the decisions of the two phases of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) concerning non-discriminatory access, in particular §§ 15, 18 and 19 of the Tunis Commitment and §§ 90 and 107 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society,
  • taking into account
    • a)that ITU plays an important role in the promotion of global telecommunication standardization and development;
    • b)that, to this end, the Union coordinates efforts aimed at securing harmonious development of telecommunication facilitiesin all its Member States,
  • taking into account further
    • that this conference, like its predecessors, is required to formulate a viewpoint and draw up proposals on issues determining a worldwide strategy for the development of ICTs, services and applications, and facilitate mobilization of the necessary resources to that end,
  • noting
    • a)that modern ICT facilities, services and applications are established, in the main, on the basis of ITU-R and ITU-T Recommendations;
    • b)that ITU-R and ITU-T Recommendations are the result of the collective efforts of all those taking part in the standardization process within ITU and are adopted by consensus by the members of the Union;
    • c)that limitations on the access to telecommunication and information technology facilities, services and applications on which national telecommunication development depends and which are established on the basis of ITU-R and ITU-T Recommendations constitute an obstacle to the harmonious development and compatibility of telecommunications / ICTs worldwide,
  • recognizing
    • that full harmonization of telecommunication/ICT networks is impossible unless all countries participating in the work of the Union without exception enjoy non-discriminatory access to new telecommunication and information technologies and modern telecommunication/ICT facilities and services, without prejudice to national regulations and international commitments within the competence of other international organizations,
  • resolves
    • that there should be non-discriminatory access totelecommunication and information technologies, facilities, services and applications established on the basis of ITU-R and ITU-T Recommendations,
  • encourages the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau
    • to engage in partnerships orstrategic cooperation with parties which respect access to telecommunication/ICT facilities, services and applications without discrimination,
  • requests the Secretary-General
    • to transmit this resolution to the forthcoming Plenipotentiary Conference (Guadalajara, 2010) for consideration,
  • invites the Plenipotentiary Conference
    • to consider this resolution with a view to taking measures to foster global access to modern telecommunication and information technologies, facilities, servicesand applications,
  • invites administrations
    • to help telecommunication equipment manufacturers and service providers in ensuring that telecommunication and information technologies, facilities, services and applications established on the basis of ITU-R and ITU-T Recommendations are made available to the use of the public without any discrimination, in accordance with the decisionsof the two phases of WSIS in this regard.

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