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WTDC Resolution 52

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WTDC RESOLUTION 52 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)

Strengthening the executing agency role of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010),

  • recalling
    • a)Resolution 52 (Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference;
    • b)Resolution 135 (Antalya, 2006) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on ITU participation in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other programmes of the United Nations system,
  • considering
    • a)that, in accordance with No. 118 of the ITU Constitution, one of the functions of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) is to discharge the Union’s dual responsibility as a United Nations specialized agency and executing agency for implementing projects under the United Nations development system or other funding arrangements, so as to facilitate and enhance projects related to information and communication technology (ICT) by offering, organizing and coordinating technical cooperation and assistance activities;
    • b)that the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) recognized the key role that ITU can play in executing many of the projects pursuant to the WSIS outcomes;
    • c)that, through initiatives ofthe Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and the regional offices, and some other efforts, including partnerships, there is significant local expertise that has developed over time;
    • d)that partnerships between the public and private sectors are recognized as an efficient way of implementing sustainable ITU projects,
  • recognizing
    • a)that the final outputs of the WSIS process have an impact on the definition of the future activities of ITU in general and ITU-D in particular;
    • b)that the Plenipotentiary Conference (Antalya, 2006) adopted resolutions on ITU’s role in the implementation of and follow-up to the GenevaPlan of Action, emphasizing that any follow-up actions should be undertaken within the context of the Union’s core competencies and within the financial and human resources available, and that the next plenipotentiary conference will update these resolutions on the role of ITU in implementing the Geneva Plan of Action,
  • noting
    • that the Director of the BDT continues to emphasize that the following principles should be applied during the operational planning process:
    • – focusing on development issues of a strategic nature;
    • – reducing the fragmentation ofITU-D activities, particularly at the country level, by integrating them into long-term projects and activities aimed at addressing issues that have the potential to exert significant impact on the development process;
    • – continuing to build effective partnerships around specific projects and long-term activities, particularly in relation to the initiatives adopted by the six regions;
    • – using, to the greatest extent possible, the professional potential of BDT staff for project implementation in the ITU central administration and regional offices;
    • – implementing a team-based project approach,
  • taking into account
    • a)the continued implementation ofresults-based budgeting in ITU,the main feature of which is the identification of costs, expected results, performance indicators and priorities presented within the framework of well-defined outputs (defined asSector or intersectoral products or services provided by ITU),
    • b)the continued clear linkage between the strategic plan and financial plan for 2012-2015, and between strategic and operational planning, financial planning and budgeting, i.e. linking objectives, outputs, activities, expected results, performance indicators and priorities,
  • resolves to instruct the Director ofthe Telecommunication Development Bureau
    • on the basis of experience acquired in implementing Resolution 52 (Doha, 2006), the contents of Resolutions 135 (Antalya, 2006) and 139 (Antalya, 2006) of the Plenipotentiary Conference and other relevant resolutions,
    • 1 to recognize the various benefits of involving locally available expertise, in the region and the country, as the case may be, in executing ITU projects in their region or country, and to stress the involvement of this expertise in the relevant ITU-D projects;
    • 2 to standardize suitable methods and principles in the Hyderabad Action Plan, encouraging their definition and best practices for implementing the initiatives for the six regions, in the capacity of executing agency;
    • 3 to ensure that, as far as possible, support costs and expenses borne by ITU-D in respect of project implementation under UNDP arrangements orother agreed financing arrangements are recovered;
    • 4 to continue to conclude partnerships withMember States, Sector Members, financial institutions and international and regional organizations in order tofinance activities pertaining to implementation of this resolution.
  • NOTE – When implementing this resolution, the updating of Resolution 135 (Antalya, 2006) by the next Plenipotentiary Conference (Guadalajara, 2010) will have to be taken into consideration.

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