Annual Report 2019-2020

Key Conferences

WSIS Forum 2019

Held from 8-12 April 2019 in Geneva (Switzerland), WSIS Forum 2019 was co-organized by ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP, in close collaboration with UN agencies involved. More than 3,000 individuals representing a large variety of ICT stakeholders participated. It featured over 300 content-rich sessions from over 150 countries and over 500 high-level representatives of the wider WSIS Stakeholder community. Closely aligning the WSIS Action Lines and SDGs, this year's programme focused on highlighting the linkages between SDG priority areas such as health, hunger, ICT accessibility, education, youth inclusion, employment, gender empowerment, the environment, infrastructure and innovation.

ITU Kaleidoscope

Host by the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States of America the 2019 edition of Kaleidoscope met under the theme: ICT for Health: Networks, standards and innovation. Nearly 70 delegates from 16 countries participated at the conference and over 30 participants joined remotely.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD)

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, held annually on 17 May, had its 50th edition in 2019. The theme approved my Member States for 2019 was "Bridging the Standardization Gap", to promote the increased participation of developing countries in ITU’s standardization process with a view to bridging the standardization.

AI for Good

The third AI for Good Global Summit took place from 28-31 May 2019 in partnership with 37 UN sister agencies, XPRIZE and ACM. The Summit attracted +2.3K participants, from over 90 countries, of which over 270 delegates were from developing countries and close to 40 per cent women. It also attracted international and multilingual media coverage from outlets such as BBC, CNN and Forbes. It was organized into five “Breakthrough Tracks”: AI and Health; AI and Education; AI and Human Dignity and Equality; Scaling AI and AI for Space.

Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-19)

It took place in Port Vila, Vanuatu, from 9 to 12 July. A set of regulatory Best Practice Guidelines were identified and endorsed to fast forward digital connectivity and allow people everywhere to benefit from digital transformation and participate in today's digital economy

ITU Telecom World 2019

It took place from 9 to 12 September in Budapest, Hungary, bringing together governments, corporates and tech SMEs to exhibit innovative solutions, network, share knowledge and debate with experts under the theme “Innovating together; connectivity that matters”. Over 4’000 participants from 135 countries attended the event including Heads of State, Ministers, key industry players from major corporates and tech small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) met to accelerate ICT innovation to improve lives faster.