connectivity that matters”
The central theme of the Forum at ITU Telecom World 2019 focuses on the need for collaboration across nations, industries and organizations to ensure that digital technologies transform human lives positively – for everyone, everywhere.
How can we bring meaningful connectivity to all of the world’s citizens? Connectivity that is affordable, interoperable, relevant and fit for purpose. Local content in local languages, supported by digital skills, digital education and digital awareness.
What innovations in technology, policy and strategy will deliver smart development solutions and unlock the potential of digital societies in developed and emerging markets alike?
How can the public sector, international organizations and industry bodies work together to mitigate digital inclusion and the risks of living in a hyper-connected society? We need to address issues of trust in technology, cybersecurity and digital ethics. And we have to respect and develop environmental policies to secure our planet’s livelihood and preserve the current climate.
At ITU Telecom World, we believe in the power of meaningful technology to improve lives everywhere.
As part of the UN, we’re uniquely positioned to bring together the right stakeholders from government and industry, emerging and developed markets to address fundamental tech-related issues.
Our focus is on connectivity, innovation and digital principles. Connectivity is key to accelerating social and economic development throughout the world. Innovation is essential to enabling everyone, everywhere to benefit. And we need digital principles to ensure the growing digital society is inclusive, beneficial and sustainable.
We believe that international and cross-sectoral collaboration is critical to achieving these goals. And this is the platform we offer in the Forum at ITU Telecom World.
Key Forum topics
- Digital integrity: values & principles of the digital future
- Expanding connectivity through innovative funding, infrastructure and partner models
- Deploying 5G through new partnership paradigms
- Collaborating for a safe global cyberspace
- The role and scope of new regulatory approaches
- After broadband: gigabit strategies
- Optimizing – and controlling – the use of AI and the data it generates
- Driving sustainable ICT growth in emerging and developed markets, locally, nationally and internationally
- Spectrum allocation
- Building digital literacy, compelling local content and skills to thrive in the digital era
- Supporting innovation hubs and SME growth
- Greening the ICT sector
The event’s first day flagship session, setting the scene for the Forum debates to follow with a mixture of keynote speeches, striking presentations and interactive panel discussions. The Forum Summit is an outstanding opportunity for all event participants to hear expert insight, gain international perspectives, and understand the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation at the very highest level.
Innovating together: connectivity that matters – how can we work together to bring about meaningful, inclusive and relevant connectivity that improves lives everywhere?
Digital integrity: values and principles of the digital future – how can the public sector, international organizations and industry bodies work together to mitigate digital inclusion and the risks of living in a hyper-connected society?
Whether in keynote speeches, industry or ministerial round tables, panel sessions or partner sessions, the Forum at ITU Telecom World features experts drawn from public, private and research sectors exploring the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas and often passionate, Forum sessions encourage contributions and questions from delegates on the stage and in the audience.
This year our Forum rooms are named after the inventions of leading Hungarian innovators, including Dennis Gábor (Hologram); Ákos Jedlik (Dynamo); Ernő Rubik (Cube); Kálmán Tihanyi (Plasma); László Bíró (Biro); János Irinyi (Match); and Oszkár Asbóth (Helicopter).
Thought-leadership and international perspectives at the highest level as leaders from public and private sectors share key messages and insights.
Experts drawn from public, private and research sectors explore the core issues facing ICTs today from contrasting perspectives. Interactive, free of presentations or pre-set agendas and often passionate, panel sessions encourage contributions and questions from delegates on the stage and in the audience.
Forum sessions or facilitated workshops organized by ITU but shaped by input and contributions from interested companies, associations or organizations.
Ministers, regulators or CEOs share experiences, success stories and case studies from the perspective of their countries or organizations to personal viewpoints and powerful insider insights on future directions within the ICT industry, kicking off debate at the highest level on policies, perspectives and best practices from across the globe.