2019 Snapshot Report

Key outcomes

Policy, strategy, and planning

The Strategic Plan and ITU activities for 2018-2019

The Council adopted the Report on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan and the activities of the Union for 2018-2019 (ITU Annual Progress Report), which includes highlights of ITU’s work in 2018. The draft Strategic plan is articulated around five strategic goals: Growth, Inclusiveness, Sustainability, Innovation and Partnership.

Goal 1 is Growth and Target 1.1:

Worldwide, 55% of households should have access to the Internet by 2020

In 2015, 49 per cent of households worldwide had access to the Internet. That figure rose to 53.6 per cent in 2017 and reached 57.8 per cent by the end of 2018. Therefore, target 1.1 was achieved. The Internet (household) penetration per region is also shown below.

Take a look at the interactive version of the strategic plan.

Ethics and the electoral process

The Council decided to instruct the Secretary-General to take into account the discussion at this Council session, and to prepare a report to the next council session in order to implement the Plenipotentiary Conference Committee 5 recommendations 6 and 7 on improving the electoral process.

After some discussion, the Council endorsed the basic principles contained in C19/67, a contribution by three Member States, on establishing ethical principles for campaign activities prior to ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences. The text of the guidelines should be finalized at a next Council session in light of the proposal contained in Document 67 and further contributions from other members.

The ITU recently published a text on the ITU Policy against fraud, corruption and other proscribed practices as part of ITU’s Enterprise Risk Management. In it reflects ITU’s commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethics, transparency and accountability.

Councillors were happy to learn that the vacancy for the post of ITU Ethics Officer has been filled.

ITU and building confidence and security in the use of ICTs

The ITU Council noted a report in Document C19/18 summarizing ITU activities on strengthening the role of ITU in building confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The development of ICTs, underpinned by security and trust, is recognized as essential for sustainable development.

The report is organized around the five pillars of the Global

Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA):

  1. Legal measures;
  2. Technical and procedural measures;
  3. Organizational structures;
  4. Capacity building;
  5. International cooperation.

As an example, under Capacity building ITU has organized regional cybersecurity forums for all ITU regions in order to build capacity for different ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) programmes/activities and provide an operational platform for regional and international cooperation.

The ITU Secretary-General will submit to the 2020 Council session a report explaining how the ITU is currently utilizing the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) framework. With the involvement of Member States, he will also develop appropriate guidelines for the utilization of the GCA by the ITU, for Council 2020 consideration and approval.

A new approach to gender equality

The Council noted and strongly supported the report C19/6 which outlines in detail all ITU’s activities related to Resolution 70 (Rev. Dubai, 2018), and a new approach to gender equality and mainstreaming planning. See ITU’s gender webpage.

EQUALS, the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age, has the objective to establish a network of organizations working together to ensure that women are given access, are equipped with skills, and develop the leadership potential of girls and women to work in the ICT industry.

See the NEW ITU gender dashboard which provides a visual overview of gender in information and communication technologies (ICTs), in ITU meetings, and within ITU.

The ITU Secretary-General is a founding member of the Geneva chapter of the International Gender Champions and has taken the panel-parity pledge to avoid single-sex panels. The Secretary-General has made the following annual commitments for 2019.