Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. Part 6, Intergovernmental organizations related to the United Nations. Chapter 11, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) continued in 2001 to promote development and efficient operation of telecommunication systems and to provide technical assistance. At its annual session (Geneva, 18-29 June), the ITU Council discussed, among other things, ITU reform, the 2003-2007 ITU strategic plan and satellite network filings. It also adopted a resolution endorsing the proposal by the ITU Secretary-General to hold the World Summit on the Information Society in two phases, with the first phase to be held in Geneva in 2003 and the second in Tunis, Tunisia, in 2005. The General Assembly, in resolution 56/183 of 21 December, welcomed the Council's resolution (see p. 764). During the year, the Union staged the third World Telecommunication Policy Forum (Geneva, 7-9 March) on the topic of voice-over internet protocol (IP) and ITU TELECOM AFRICA 2001 (Johannesburg, South Africa, 12-16 November), the fifth regional telecommunication exhibition and forum for Africa. The exhibition attracted over 15,000 professionals from more than 100 countries, and more than 200 exhibitors from the telecommunication, information technology and audio-visual entertainment fields. Other conferences included the fourth meeting of the Working Group on ITU Reform (Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, 2-6 April); the second annual Global Symposium for Regulators (Geneva, 3-5 December); and the Joint ITU/World Intellectual Property Organization Multilingual Domain Names Symposium (Geneva, 6-7 December). The Internet Training Centres Initiative for Developing Countries was launched; by the end of the year, 20 of the 50 planned centres were operational, providing training to engineers. ITU membership remained at 189 in 2001.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2001. v. 55; Vol. 55
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