World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17)

Buenos Aires, Argentina 9–20 October 2017: Final Report

World telecommunication development conferences (WTDC) give the membership the opportunity to debate the latest trends in telecommunication/information and communication technology (ICT) development and to establish the priorities of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) for the interval between two WTDCs. They also provide the opportunity to compare the initiatives developed at the regional level during the preparatory process and to integrate them into worldwide development efforts and plans. WTDC-17 prepares the way forward for ITU-D and the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) for the period 2020-2023. The purposes of the conference were to: A) Adopt the Buenos Aires Declaration, highlighting the main conclusions and priorities established by the conference, and reinforcing the political B) Agree on the ITU-D contribution to the strategic plan for ITU for 2020-2023, to be considered at the next plenipotentiary conference to be held in in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2018. C) Adopt the Buenos Aires Action Plan (BaAP), which aligns the work of ITUD with the strategic objectives of ITU so as to assist countries in harnessing the full benefits of ICTs, and includes, on the basis of the result-based management approach: 1 outputs to fulfil ITU-D's strategic objectives, as well as the corresponding expected results and key performance indicators (KPI); 2 regional initiatives for Africa, the Americas, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe, as well as guidelines for their implementation; 3 new and revised resolutions and Recommendations to support fulfilment of the objectives; 4 new and revised Questions to be studied by ITU-D study groups during the next study period.


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