19th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference closes with celebration of new spirit of cooperation
Delegates elect new management team, approve four-year Strategic and
Busan, 07 November 2014 — ITU’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference closed its doors today with delegates from around the world resoundingly reaffirming ITU’s essential role in global ICT development, and extending the Union’s mandate in emerging areas including harnessing ICTs to promote gender empowerment and to help address urgent issues such as youth unemployment, global disease control and aeronautical safety.
The conference attracted a record 2,505 delegates from 171 countries. Dignitaries present included the President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, 76 government ministers, 36 deputy ministers, and 56 ambassadors.
The positive climate of collaboration that pervaded the marathon three-week negotiations was hailed by all delegates as a bright new chapter in ITU’s solid 150-year history as the world’s impartial global steward of shared ICT resources.
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