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WTDC Resolution 17

WTDC RESOLUTION 17 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)

Implementation of regionally approved initiatives, at the national, regional, interregional and global levels

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010),

  • recalling
    • Resolution 17 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference,
  • considering
    • a)that telecommunications/information and communication technologies (ICTs) continue to be one of the most vital elements for the growth of national economies and protection of the environment;
    • b)that the existence, at the national, regional, interregional and global levels, of coherent telecommunication networks and services for the development of national economies is a very important element in improving the social, economic and financial situation of Member States;
    • c)the need to coordinate and harmonize efforts to develop telecommunication infrastructure at the national, regional, interregional and global levels;
    • d)the vital importance of telecommunication development initiatives endorsed by all regional development conferences, and by the preparatory meetings preceding this conference;
    • e)that there is a lack of funding from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international financial institutions, impeding the implementation of such initiatives;
    • f)the satisfactory and encouraging results achieved by activities of this kind, which have helped in the creation of cooperation and telecommunication networks;
    • g)that developing countries 2 are increasingly experiencing the need for knowledge of fast-developing technologies and the associated policy and strategic issues;
      • 2 These include the least developed countries, small island developing states, landlocked developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
    • h)that, given the resources at their disposal, it is an important task to meet the requirements cited in considering g)above,
  • noting
    • that the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) centres of excellence training schemes significantly assist the developing countries with knowledge-based requirements,
  • resolves
    • 1 that the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) should identify possible ways and means of implementing regionally approved initiatives at the national, regional, interregional and global levels, making the utmost use of available BDT resources, its annual budget and surplus income from ITU-TELECOM exhibitions, in particular by means of equitable budget allotments for each region identified in the annexes to this resolution;
    • 2 that BDT continue to actively assist the developing countries in elaborating and implementing the initiatives, approved by them as regions, that are attached as annexes to this resolution;
    • 3 that Member States should consider contributing in kind and/or in cash to the budget foreseen for implementation of the aforesaid initiatives and the realization of other projects foreseen within the framework of those initiatives at the national, regional, interregional and global levels;
    • 4 that BDT continue to conclude partnerships with Member States, ITU-D Sector Members, financial institutions and international organizations in order to sponsor implementation activities for those initiatives;
    • 5 that BDT should assist in the implementation ofthese initiatives at the national, regional, interregional and global levels, integrating as far as possible those initiatives that have the same content or objectives, taking into consideration the Hyderabad Action Plan;
    • 6 that BDT shall compile all the experiences accumulated during the implementation of regional initiatives in each region, and make it available to other regions as part of the portal for project implementation, in the six official languages of the Union,
  • appeals
    • to international financial organizations/agencies, equipment suppliers and operators/service providers to contribute, fully or partially, to financing these regionally approved initiatives,
  • instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau
    • to take all necessary measures for promoting and implementing these regionally approved initiatives at the national, regional, interregional and global levels, and in particular the similar initiatives agreed at international level,such as the “Connect a School, Connect a Community” broadband initiative and similar initiatives.

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