The World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina from October 9 to 20 at the invitation of the Government of Argentina and with the approval by the Council with the concurrence of a majority of the Member States of the International Telecommunications Union.
As part of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, WTDC-17 held a panel on the use of telecommunications in disaster situations. Bernadette Lewis, Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunication Union (CTU) stated that “in terms of developing a disaster response, from a government perspective, we need to build 21st century governance”. In addition, she highlighted the role of the Amateur Radio industry due to the fall of other communications networks. “Most of them are over 50 years old, so we must cultivate a new generation of Amateur Radio operators.”
World telecommunication development conferences (WTDCs) are convened in the period between two Plenipotentiary Conferences to consider topics, projects and programs relevant to telecommunication development. WTDCs set the strategies and objectives for the development of telecommunication/ICT, providing future direction and guidance to the International Telecommunication Union’s Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D).
The theme of WTDC-17 is “ICT for Sustainable Development Goals”.
Expected outcomes of WTDC-17 include a Declaration reinforcing the political support for the mission and strategic objectives of ITU-D; an ITU-D Contribution to the ITU Strategic Plan for 2020-2023; and an ITU-D Action Plan comprising regional initiatives, new and revised resolutions and recommendations to support the fulfilment of the Sector’s objectives, and new and revised Questions to be studied by ITU-D study groups.
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