April 11, 2014
The Dubai Action Plan, adopted on Thursday by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference, sets the agenda for telecommunication and information and communication technology development over the next four years.
Under the theme ‘Broadband for Sustainable Development’, the conference focused on development priorities and agreed on the programs, projects and initiatives to implement them.
The Dubai Declaration states that “universal and affordable access to telecommunications and information and communication technologies is essential for the world’s economic, social and cultural development, and contributes to building a global economy and information society.”
“Widespread access to and accessibility of telecommunications and information and communication technologies applications and services provide new socio-economic opportunities for all people.”
The sixth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) met from March 30 until yesterday at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It attracted an estimated 1,300 participants from 137 countries.
“With the adoption of the Dubai Declaration, we declare our commitment to accelerate the expansion and use of ICT, and in particular broadband, to achieve economic growth,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. “Access to affordable and reliable ICT including broadband, can facilitate economic, social and cultural development and achieve digital inclusion for all.”