ITU Secretary-General response to Members of Civil Society
Geneva, 14 October 2014
I very much welcome and appreciate the open civil society letter on transparency at the ITU Plenipotentiary which was published online on 8 October 2014. This open letter reflects a positive approach, and I am very pleased to see that our efforts in reaching out to civil society have been recognized.
As I have done consistently since my election in 2006, I encourage heads of delegations to open the Plenipotentiary to the public and include civil society organizations in their delegations. I will continue to pursue this approach at the forthcoming Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea, which will include civil society briefings onsite.
It is also important to note that the draft of the main outcome document of PP-14, the ITU Strategic Plan for 2016-2019, has been developed using a fully-open consultation process lasting well over a year, and featuring all stakeholders, including governments, industry representatives and civil society. We have welcomed civil society’s inputs, which came through an online public consultation on the global strategy – the first such initiative by a UN agency. These inputs were included in the draft plan submitted to and subsequently approved by ITU Council in its 2014 session in May, and which now goes for final approval by PP-14 …