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Press Release: ITU TELECOM WORLD 2009 reflects new industry needs and realities
ITU T
ELECOM
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2009 reflects new industry needs and realities
Increased collaboration and high-level dialogue cited by political and industryleaders as a positive force for the ICT sector
Geneva, 9 October 2009 —
Forging top-level strategies aimed at harnessing the power of technology toenhance our global wellbeing was the focus of this year’s ITU T
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2009, which concluded today.Over 2,250 VIPs, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Heads of State, Heads of Government,Ministers, Ambassadors, heads of regulatory agencies, and CEOs from around the world, came togetherfor the week-long event, which featured a series of top-level roundtables, meetings and lively debate onthe role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in addressing many of the most pressingissues of our time, such as climate change, global economic recovery and cybersecurity."During this past week, I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting with participants from all walksof the industry; from young entrepreneurs heading start-ups to CEOs of major ICT companies andprominent political leaders," said Dr Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General.A quick walk through the exhibition halls was enough to confirm that the ICT industry continues to bedriven by rapid innovation, despite the economic downturn. But while visitors were often dazzled by themany exciting technologies on display, Touré stressed the importance of working together to make globalnetworks accessible to all, and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals."ITU believes that meeting connectivity goals in ICT will help other sectors like health and education meettheir targets by 2015. The concrete connections and partnerships forged this week, and the discussionsI’ve been privileged to share, inspire me with confidence that nations and industry are committed totransforming lives by harnessing the power of modern digital technologies."Participants and delegates attended from 186 countries – almost the entire gamut of ITU’s 191 MemberStates. The show floor played host to 456 exhibitors from 49 countries, spanning just about every ICTdomain, from the very latest wireless innovations to low-cost broadband solutions to satellite systems."ITU T
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2009 is an outstanding forum that provides businesses, governments and NGOs theopportunity to collaborate on today’s leading issues," said John Chambers, chairman and CEO of CiscoSystems. "Under the visionary leadership of ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, this year’s ITUT
ELECOM
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ORLD
has unveiled new ways that ICTs can improve the global standard of living throughhealthcare, education and sustainability."VVIP summits brought Heads of State and Government, ICT ministers and heads of regulatory agenciesfrom around the world, together with top C-level decision makers for discussion on critical areas such ascybersecurity, climate change and the role of ICTs in economic development. Heads of State and Heads of Government were unanimous in recognizing the role of technology as a key tool in helping combatclimate change, acknowledging the need to have ICTs recognized in the upcoming Copenhagenagreement. They also joined forces to offer condolences for victims of the recent natural disasters inIndonesia, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands.The criticality of information-sharing in disaster response was reinforced by a key announcement at theevent that will see 18 countries around the Indian Ocean rim participate in a United Nations-backedtsunami exercise. The exercise will stress the fact that, through good climate science and informationsharing, ICTs can help reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters.Forum sessions brought together players from across the ICT sector, from Ministers to CEOs, CTOs andtechnical and policy experts to discuss areas such as the new technologies shaping the future of ICT, thechallenges of regulation in a fast-changing environment, and cybersecurity. Sessions featured roundtablesand interactive panel discussions, with participants encouraged to put forward their questions via a rangeof different formats. For the first time, Forum sessions were webcast live to a global audience, allowingmany more to share in the debate.Companies, countries and regions from across the globe demonstrated the latest technologies on the showfloor. Alongside major names and household brands were 35 pavilions from around the world, including arange of thematic pavilions which focused on key areas such as Green@ICT, e-Health, and empoweringpeople with disabilities through ICTs.
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