Specialized UN Agency
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was reelected as one of the 48 members of the Council of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the 2014-2018 period during the Plenipotentiary Conference taking place in Busan, South Korea.
Venezuela was elected to the Council with 115 votes, allowing the country to participate directly in decision-making within the ITU. It will also allow the country to design and support initiatives, make decisions, recommendations and resolutions to spur the improvement and development of the telecommunication sector at a national and continental level in order to improve the social welfare of Venezuelans and meet the Millennium Development Goals.
The Americas are represented in the ITU Council by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Paraguay, United States and Venezuela. Western Europe, Eastern Europe and North Asia, Africa, Asia and Australasia also elected their representatives.
The ITU is a specialized agency within the United Nations and has 193 member states. Its mission is to foment international cooperation for improving the rational use and development of information and communication technology.
The ITU Council is part of its governing structure and members are elected, along with other high level authorities, during the Plenipotentiary Conference that meets every four years to discuss the organization’s policies and strategies.
The Plenipotentiary Conference is the most important ITU event, where states decide on the role the agency will play in the future and also determine the agency’s capability to influence and shape development of information technology.
In 2014, the Conference will analyze digital inclusion and the availability of broadband, as well as the strengthening of international technology cooperation and new strategies to incentivize the participation of member states and other interested parties.
Correo del Orinoco / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / October 28, 2014