Communiqué: ITU Council sets vision on future

Julie Zoller takes Chairmanship of ITU Council 2016

Geneva, 25 May 2016 – ITU’s governing Council opened its annual session today under the chairmanship of Ms Julie Zoller, Senior Deputy Coordinator for International Information Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. State Department.

Noting that leaders from around the world have committed to achieving global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Ms Zoller said, “At this Council, we will ensure ITU’s contribution toward achieving the SDGs, setting us on a path to a more prosperous, equitable and sustainable world.” She added, “The United States joins ITU in heeding the SDG call to action by harnessing the power of ICTs through our Global Connect Initiative, which aims to catalyse the efforts of all stakeholders to bring 1.5 billion additional people online by 2020, underscoring the idea that Internet connectivity is as important to development as other forms of infrastructure.”

Ms Zoller is the first woman to chair ITU Council since the year 2000. She is joined by Ms Eva Spiny, Director, Spectrum Management Planning for the Communications Area, Ministry of Economic Development of Italy, as Vice Chairman.



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