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(ITU) ITU members cheer Connect 2020 proposal

2014/11/04 14:32

By Kang Yoon-seung

BUSAN, Nov. 4 (Yonhap) -- Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on Tuesday welcomed a proposal by South Korea for a resolution that envisions broadband access across the world to narrow the digital gap.

The Connect 2020 agenda, to be formally approved this week before the closing of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference on Friday, aims to "highlight the role of ICTs as a key enabler for social, economic and environmentally sustainable growth and development."

   "This proposed resolution has been developed in line with the Busan Declaration and shares its values and visions," the South Korean delegation said. The declaration, which called for beneficial sustainable ICT development, was announced on Oct. 19 ahead of the ITU gathering in this South Korean port city.

"Furthermore, this resolution includes the core assets of the ITU Strategic Plan 2016-2019, high level goals and targets, so that not only ITU membership, but all stakeholders and entities are invited to contribute and have active roles in achieving these goals and targets," the delegation said.

"It is significant in that both the developed and developing countries are expressing support for an agenda led by South Korea. It reflects the country's presence in the ICT realm," Park Yoon-jung, a delegate from South Korea, told Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea is currently hosting the 19th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, referred to as the PP-14, in the port city of Busan. The ITU, a U.N. agency, deals with technological standards, radio frequency allocations and improvements in communications services.