UN And Internet Governance, Next Four Years: Better Cooperation Or Bigger Role?

Posted in: Governance at 28/10/2010 15:30

After three weeks of negotiations, member countries and the secretariat of the United Nations International Telecommunication Union hailed the consensus and success of the 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference, which sets the ITU work programme for the next four years. But even through the final rounds of applause, the tensions about how much the internet features in the core mandate of the Union remained audible.

The plenipotentiary wrapped up its work with "broad agreement on core issues," the secretariat announced in its final press release. The meeting was held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 4-22 October. Delegates approved the 632 million Swiss franc financial and strategic plans for the Union for the next four-year term and, in a long list of resolutions, agreed, for example, on "better use of information and communication technologies to manage climate change and disaster response."

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