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WTDC Resolution 53

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WTDC RESOLUTION 53 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)

Strategic and financial framework for the elaboration of the Hyderabad Action Plan

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010),

  • considering
    • a)that, in accordance with No. 118 of the ITU Constitution and No. 209 of the ITU Convention, the duties of world telecommunication development conferences (WTDC) shall include: i) establishing work programmes and guidelines for defining telecommunication development questions and priorities, and ii) providing direction and guidance for the work programme of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D);
    • b)that, pursuant to Resolution 31 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of WTDC, the identification, analysis and consolidation of regional initiatives and projects, to be used as the basis for defining needs and priorities, formed a key input to this conference,
  • recognizing
    • a)that the 2008 session of the Council, in adopting Resolution 1282 (MOD 2008) on ITU’s role in implementation and follow-up of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), emphasized that any follow-up actions be undertaken within the context of the Union’s core competencies and within the financial and human resources available;
    • b)that, in considering the implementation of the WSIS outcomes, the extent to which the action lines for which ITU has either lead responsibility (Action Lines C2, C5 and C6) or a co-facilitation role are integrated into the workprogramme of the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) is an important consideration from the point of view of human and financial resource allocation,
  • noting
    • that the Director of the BDT, in presenting the draft ITU-D operational plan for 2010-2013 to the 2009 session of the Council, emphasized that, in order to maximize the limited amount of resources available for Doha Action Plan activities, the following principles should be applied during the operational planning process, which remain valid for the current planning cycle:
    • – focusing on development issues of a strategic nature;
    • – building partnerships around specific projects and long-term activities;
    • – using to the greatest extent possible the professional potential of BDT staff for project implementation;
    • – implementing the results-based management (RBM) approach;
    • – continuing to mobilize extrabudgetary resources for the implementation of ITU-D’s mandate,
  • taking into account
    • a)the adoption of Resolution 1308 by the 2009 session of the Council,outlining the ITU biennial budget for 2010-2011, which continues to place resource constraints on the execution of programmes and activities of the Union;
    • b)the continued implementation ofresults-based budgeting (RBB) inITU, the main feature of which is the identification of costs, objectives, expected results, performance indicators and priorities presented within the framework of well-defined outputs (defined as Sector or intersectoral products or services provided by ITU);
    • c)Resolution 1300, adopted by the Council at its 2009 session, to establish a working group for the elaboration of the draft strategic plan and draft financial plan for 2012-2015, which will be developed on the basis of a clear linkage of strategic and operational planning with 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 in the implementation of the Hyderabad Action Plan:
    • 1 to recognize that the strategy of ITU-D, as set out in the outcomes and priorities of WTDC, and within the competencies of ITU-D, reflects the need for symmetry with the results ofWSIS and with the national development goals established by Member States;
    • 2 to formulate and structure the activities and programmes of the Hyderabad Action Plan in a manner that facilitates their evaluation, given the critical need to ensure that such activities are assessed on an ongoing basis;
    • 3 to take into account the human and financial resource constraints prevailing for the biennial budget 2010-2011 and expected to prevail for the next financial planning cycle (2012-2015);
    • 4 to identify and implement multistakeholder partnership arrangements with, inter alia, international financial institutions, regional development banks, regional commissions of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and other agencies and departments of the United Nations, with international development agencies, regional telecommunication organizations and the private sector, inorder to optimize the use of resources and avoid duplication of effort;
    • 5 to continue efforts to identify additionalsources of revenue and funding, pursuant to Resolution 13 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010) of this conference, on resource mobilization and partnership for accelerating telecommunication and information and communication technology development, in order to ensure that the programmes and activities of ITU-D can be fully implemented;
    • 6 to report on the results ofimplementation of this resolution to the next WTDC.

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