ITU Telecom is part of the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations specialized agency for telecommunications. ITU Telecom organizes ITU Telecom World, a not-for-profit neutral platform for high-level debate, knowledge-sharing and networking for the global ICT community.
ITU Telecom World 2011 in Geneva marked the event’s 40th anniversary following its debut in 1971. Established as the leading exhibition and forum for the global ICT industry, it brings together public and private representatives to collaborate and engage in high-level dialogue on the major challenges facing the sector. In 2011, ITU Telecom World moved from its traditional exhibition-based show to focus on knowledge-sharing, networking and consensus building. That year also saw the move to an annual event in rotating geographic locations, with ITU Telecom World 2012 hosted in Dubai, UAE and ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
As part of ITU’s mandate to extend the benefits of ICTs to all the world’s inhabitants, a significant part of revenues generated by ITU Telecom World events is transferred each year to the ICT Development Fund (ICT-DF). The ICT-DF provides seed funding for specific ICT development projects, primarily in the least developed countries, small island developing states, landlocked developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Through its work, ITU Telecom is proud to contribute meaningfully to the development of ICTs worldwide to address critical world socio-economic challenges.
More information on ICT-DF projects is available here.
ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs).
We are committed to connecting all the world’s people, wherever they live and whatever their means. We strive through our work to protect and support everyone’s fundamental right to communicate and to benefit from modern communication technologies.
Those benefits go beyond being able to communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime. Today, ICTs underpin everything we do – from managing emergency services, water supplies, power networks and food distribution chains to supporting health care, education, government services, financial markets, transportation and environmental systems.