The three-week-long event is expected to attract around 2,000 participants, including an estimated 130 VIPs from over 160 countries representing government, the private sector, and regional and international organizations.
Hot issues up for discussion include: ITU’s strategic plan and financial plan for 2012-2015; cybersecurity; strategies to help advance ITU’s goal of ‘broadband inclusion for all’; new Internet addressing systems such as IPv6; the scope of the forthcoming review of the International Telecommunication Regulations, the international treaty governing the provision of telecommunications services worldwide, and the preparatory process for that review; and the enhanced use of ICTs in mitigating climate change and delivering emergency communication in the wake of natural disasters.
This year’s conference will, for the first time, also include four exciting side event sessions featuring debates between experts from government and industry:
12 October, 16:30-18:30 — Roadblocks to ‘broadband inclusion for all’
13 October, 14:30-17:30 — Enabling a low-carbon future: the key role of ICTs to address climate change
14 October, 16:30-18:00 — Accessible ICTs for persons with disabilities
15 October, 14:30–16:30 — Cybersecurity