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ITU's new executive management team has been elected at the Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18) in Dubai. Meet the newly elected officials - including the first woman elected to a top post in ITU's 153-year history. Also, watch policy statements, video interviews and catch up on other highlights from PP-18 in this edition of ITU News Weekly.




New executives elected: Member States have completed the voting process at PP-18. These newly elected (or re-elected) officials of ITU will begin their 4-year term in January 2019:
Mr Houlin Zhao of China, Secretary-General;
Mr Malcolm Johnson of the United Kingdom, Deputy Secretary-General;
Dr Chaesub Lee of the Republic of Korea, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau;
Mr Mario Maniewicz of Uruguay, Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau;
Ms Doreen Bogdan-Martin of the United States, Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau.


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New members of the Radio Regulations Board and ITU Council: In addition to the elections for ITU’s management team, Member States have voted for the 12 members that make up the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) and the 48 ITU Council Member States. Read the election results and find out more about the election process here.


ITU Committee Chairs: For the first time in the history of ITU, more women are Committee Chairs at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference than men. We interviewed Sameera Bilal and Nur Sulyna Abdullah about women in leadership positions in the ICT sector. Watch their studio interview and more on the ITU YouTube channel.

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PP-18 Highlights: Read the daily highlights delivered from PP-18 in Dubai. Be the first to read outcomes and view exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos and much more. And be sure to follow @ITU #Plenipot on Twitter for breaking updates.

Digital development in Ghana: How is Ghana using ICTs for development? H.E. Ursula Gifty Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications, explains how they connected near 2 million citizens last year, and their plan to connect the whole country to the benefits of ICTs.

ICT infrastructure in Egypt: The challenges of poverty, education, and health can all be addressed by ICTs, says H.E. Amr Talaat, Egypt’s Minister of ICT. Read how the country is investing in infrastructure and improving access for Egypt’s citizens.

Using tech to ‘leapfrog’ development challenges in Kenya: Kenya’s Minister of ICT, H.E. Joseph Mucheru, explains how Kenyans are benefiting from digital services, such as mobile money and online health insurance, and how wireless networks have allowed the country to ‘leapfrog’ development challenges.


ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 (PP-18)

Read the backgrounders and practical information on the PP-18 website.

In case you missed it

Accessible Europe: Share your submissions for Innovative Digital Solutions for an Accessible Europe, a competition held ahead of the “Accessible Europe: ICTs for All” event in Vienna from 12-14 December.

Future of television: Registration is open for the ITU Workshop on the ‘Future of TV for the Americas’ in Bogotá, Colombia, on 26 November 2018. The workshop is free of charge and open to all. Visit the website for more information and to register.


Smart Sustainable Cities

A new ITU case study maps the Moscow ‘smart city’ journey. Learn more about the evaluation of Moscow's progress in meeting the objectives of its 'smart city' strategies.

Keep up to date with ITU

TEDxPlaceDesNationsWomen. Geneva, Switzerland. 6 December 2018. Apply for tickets here.

ITU Kaleidoscope. Santa Fe, Argentina. 26-28 November 2018.

World Smart City Forum. Santa Fe, Argentina. 29 November 2018.

ITU World Radiocommunication Seminar (WRS-18). Geneva, Switzerland. ​3-7 December 2018​.

World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS-18). Geneva, Switzerland. 10-12 December 2018​.

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