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WTDC Resolution 5

WTDC RESOLUTION 5 (Rev. Hyderabad, 2010)

Enhanced participation by developing countries1 in the activities of the Union

The World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010),

  • recalling
    • Resolution 5 (Rev. Doha, 2006) of the World Telecommunication Development Conference,
  • considering
    • a)Articles 11 and 14 of the ITU Convention concerning study groups, and in particular Nos 159 and 196;
    • b)the desirability of broad-based participation and attendance ofadministrations, duly authorized entities and organizations inthe activities and the work of ITU;
    • c)the need to improve participation of developing countries in the work of ITU as expressed in Resolution ITU-R 7 (Rev. Geneva, 2007) of the Radiocommunication Assembly and Resolutions 17, 44 and 54 (Rev. Johannesburg, 2008) and 56,59 and 74 (Johannesburg, 2008) of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA);
    • d)Resolution 25 (Rev. Antalya, 2006) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on strengthening the regional presence;
    • e)WTSA Resolution 74 (Johannesburg, 2008) on admission of Sector Members from developing countries in the work of the Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T);
    • f)Resolution 123 (Antalya, 2006) of the Plenipotentiary Conference, on bridging the standardization gap between developing and developed countries,
  • recognizing
    • a)the multifarious difficulties encountered by the developing countries, in particular least developed countries and small island developing states, in ensuring their effective and efficient participation in the work of the Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) and the study groups;
    • b)that the harmonious and balanced development of the worldwide telecommunication network is of mutual advantage to the developed and the developing countries;
    • c)the need to identify a mechanism for developing countries to participate in and contribute to the work of the ITU-D study groups,
  • convinced
    • of the need to enhance the participation and attendance of developing countries in the work of ITU,
  • resolves to instruct the Director ofthe Telecommunication Development Bureau
    • 1 to ensure that ITU-D study group meetings and forums/seminars/workshops be held, to the extent practicable, and within the available financial limits, outside Geneva, limiting their deliberations to subjects stipulatedin their agendas and reflecting the actual needs and priorities of the developing countries;
    • 2 to ensure that ITU-D, including the Telecommunication Development Advisory Group (TDAG), at both the headquarters and regional level, participates inthe preparation and implementation of world telecommunication policy forums, and invites the study groups to participate therein,
  • further instructs the Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau
    • 1 in close collaboration with the Directors of the Radiocommunication and Telecommunication Standardization Bureaux, to consider and implement the best ways and means to assist developing countries in preparing for and participating actively inthe work of the three Sectors, and notably in the Sector advisory groups, assemblies, conferences and in the study groups of relevance to developing countries, particularly in relation to the work of the ITU-T study groups in putting the aforementioned Resolutions 44 (Rev. Johannesburg, 2008) and 54 (Johannesburg, 2008) and Resolution ITU-R 7 (Rev. Geneva, 2007) into effect;
    • 2 to conduct studies on how to increase the participation of developing countries and Sector Members from these countries in the work of ITU-D;
    • 3 to extend, within the financial limitations and taking into account other possible sources of financing, the granting of fellowships to participants from developing countries attending study group meetings, the advisory groups of all three Sectors and other important meetings, including conference preparatory meetings, combining, wherever applicable, attendance at more than one successive event,
  • invites the Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau and the Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
    • to encourage meetings to be held outside Geneva where it will facilitate greater participation of local experts from countries and regions distant from Geneva,
  • invites the Member States, Sector Members and Associates
    • to strengthen their cooperation with the ITU regional offices in relation to implementation of this resolution,
  • requests the Secretary-General
    • to report to the Plenipotentiary Conference on the expected financial implications of the implementation of this resolution, proposing also other possible sources of financing,
  • invites the Plenipotentiary Conference
    • 1 to give the necessary attention to implementation of this resolution when establishing the basis for the budget and related financial limits;
    • 2 when adopting the financial plan of the Union, to provide the necessary funds to the Telecommunication Development Bureau in order to facilitate the wider attendance and participation of developing countries in the activities of ITU-D.

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