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WTDC Resolution 50

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WTDC RESOLUTION 50 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)

Optimal integration of information and communication technologies

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010,

  • recalling
    • Resolution 50 (Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC),
  • considering
    • a)the role of ITU, in particular the specific functions of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D);
    • b)the continuing disparity between those who have and those who do not have access to information and communication technologies (ICT), referred to as the “digital divide”;
    • c)the many stakeholders in the public, private, academic, non-governmental organization and multilateral sectors who are seeking to bridge this divide;
    • d)the progress accomplished in the implementation of the outcomes of Phases 1 and 2 of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS),
  • bearing in mind
    • a)that this continuing difference in access to ICTs leads to an extreme escalation of social disparities, with negative impacts on the socialand economic environment in the various regions excluded from use of ICTs;
    • b)the interest shown by WSIS in ICT integration and the role of the three Sectors in this regard,
  • recognizing
    • a)ITU’s role as a catalyst, and inparticular that of ITU-D as coordinator and promoter of the rational use of resources in the context of the various projects intended to narrow the digital divide;
    • b)that the integration modelssupported by the ITU Member States are an element that integrates, facilitates and does not exclude, onewhich takes into account the individual characteristics of all existing projects, respecting their autonomy and independence;
    • c)that the integration modelspropose ways to increase the profitability of existing infrastructure, to lower the cost of developing and implementing ICT projects and platforms, to provide for the sharing of expertise and skills, and to foster intraregional and extraregional technology transfers,
  • resolves
    • 1 that the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) continue to adopt the necessary measures to implement regional projects derived from the non-exclusive integration models which it has acquired, to link all stakeholders, organizations and institutionsof the various sectors in an ongoing relationship of cooperation in which information is disseminated over networks, so as to narrow the digital divide in line with the outputs of Phases 1 and 2 of WSIS;
    • 2 that BDT use the funds at its disposal to attain that objective;
    • 3 that BDT continue to play a central role in this initiative,
  • invites the six regional groups of Member States in the Telecommunication Development Sector
    • when implementing Resolution 17 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)of this conference, to select a project among those proposed for the regions that reflects optimal integration of information and communication technologies

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