(ITU) ITU members agree to apply ICT in resolving more global issues
By Kang Yoon-seung
BUSAN, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- Members of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) on Wednesday agreed to promote the use of ICT in solving global issues and challenges, including monitoring and preventing disasters.
Under the resolution, member states pledge to make an effort to further apply the information, communication and technology tools for "monitoring and management in emergency and disaster situations for early warning, prevention, mitigation and relief."
The resolution also cites supporting "sustainable development, in the fields of public administration, business, education and training, health, employment, environment, agriculture, manufacturing industry and science, among others, within the framework of national e-strategies."
South Korea's delegation tied the efforts to the country's so-called "creative economy" drive.
One of the key policies of President Park Geun-hye, the creative economy campaign seeks to foster economic growth by turning innovative ideas into actual businesses through the use of advanced technology.
South Korea is 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.