Recognizing WSIS Impacts

Unless it acknowledges key characteristics of the Internet, the World Summit on the Information Society will easily undermine it

PP Resolution 24

RESOLUTION 24 (Kyoto, 1994)

Role of the International Telecommunication Union in the Development of World Telecommunications

The Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommuni­cation Union (Kyoto, 1994),

  • considering
    • a) the provisions of the Constitution and the Convention of the International Telecommunication Union (Geneva, 1992), together with those of the International Telecommunication Regulations (Melbourne, 1988) and the Radio Regulations;
    • b) the recommendations of the Radiocommunication and Telecom­munication Standardization Sectors,
  • considering also
    • a) that together these instruments are essential to provide the technical foundations for the planning and provision of telecommunication services throughout the world;
    • b) that the pace of development of technology and services necessitates the continuing cooperation of all administrations and recognized operating agencies to ensure the worldwide compatibility of telecommunication systems;
    • c) that the availability of modern telecommunications is vital to the economic, social and cultural progress of all countries,
  • recognizing
    • the interests of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and other international organizations in certain aspects of telecommunications,
  • resolves
    • that the International Telecommunication Union should:
    • 1. continue to work for the harmonization, development and enhancement of telecommunications throughout the world;
    • 2. ensure that all its work reflects its position as the authority responsible within the United Nations system for establishing in a timely manner technical and operational standards for all forms of telecom­munications and for ensuring the rational use of the radio-frequency spectrum and of the geostationary-satellite orbit;
    • 3. encourage and promote technical cooperation in the field of telecommunications among Members to the maximum possible extent.

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