[Geneva] ITU Announced 18 winners Including IIM Bangalore,of the WSIS Prizes 2015
Secretary-General Houlin Zhao announced the 18 winners of the WSIS Prizes 2015 at the WSIS High-Level Opening Segment, which was held at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.
The WSIS Prizes 2015 contest provides a platform to identify and showcase success stories across the 11 WSIS Action Lines defined in the Geneva Plan of Action.
This year’s WSIS Project Prize winners include government departments+ international organizations+private sector companies+ NGOs + academia.
More than 300 projects were nominated for the 2015 contest, more than twice the number of nominations in 2014, reflecting the prestigious nature of the award and the growing importance of ICTs in national development strategies.
The awards are conferred through online voting involving over 100,000 stakeholders from around the world.
This year’s 18 winners are:
Action Line C1 The role of government and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Winner: Young Innovations, Nepal
Action Line C2 Information and communication infrastructure
Winner: Ministry of Communications and Transportation, Mexico
Action Line C3 Access to information and knowledge
Winner: Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh
Action Line C4 Capacity building
Winner: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, United Arab Emirates
Action Line C5 Building confidence & security in the use of ICTs
Winner: Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), Italy
Action Line C6 Enabling environment
Winner: Ministry of Finance, Kazakhstan
Action Line C7 E-government
Winner: Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
Action Line C7 E-business
Winner: Ministry of Economy and Finance, Uruguay
Action Line C7 E-learning
Winner: Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India
Action Line C7 E-health
Winner: FHI 360, United States of America
Action Line C7 E-employment
Winner: Ministry of Manpower, Oman
Action Line C7 E-environment
Winner: Central Agency for Information Technology, Kuwait
Action Line C7 E-agriculture
Winner: Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Netherlands
Action Line C7 E-science
Winner: Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
Action Line C8 Cultural diversity & identity, linguistic diversity
Winner: South-West University ‘Neofit Rilski’, Bulgaria
Action Line C9 Media
Winner: Radio Farm International, Canada
Action Line C10 Ethical dimensions of the Information Society
Winner: Rwanda Media Commission, Rwanda
Action Line C11 International & regional cooperation
Winner: Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean
[New Delhi]Hello ITU ,We wish you a very Happy Birthday!” Your Devotion, For Making The World a Global Village, has left a deep World Wide impact on International society”
International Telecommunication Union[ITU] was formed on 17 May 1865 at the International Telegraph Convention.There are 193 member states of the ITU, which includes 192 UN member states (all except Palau) and Vatican City
ITU became a United Nations specialized agency in 1947.I T U is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies
It is based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a member of the United Nations Development Group it is an intergovernmental public-private partnership organization since its inception. Its membership includes 193 Member States and around 700 public and private sector companies as well as international and regional telecommunication entities, known as Sector Members and Associates, which undertake most of the work of each Sector
[Geneva] ITU To Observe World Radio Day 2015 On 13 February
ITU To Host World Radio Day 2015 In Geneva On 13 February
World Radio Day will be marked at ITU in Geneva on 13 February. The event will be broadcast live around the world from 17:00 to 20:00 in the Popov Room in ITU’s Tower Building.
Organized by UNESCO, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the United Nations Office in Geneva, and ITU, World Radio Day will begin with a hackathon among young innovators and software developers and an exhibition of new devices as well as historic pieces opening at 14:00 followed by a technical session by radio communication experts at 14:30.
The main programme live broadcast will be anchored by BBC correspondent Imogen Foulkes
[Busan]Spam,Accounts for 80%of Global e-mail Traffic: ITU Collaborates Internet Society To Combat
ITU and the Internet Society today signed a letter of agreement to collaborate on combating the global problem of spam.
Spam now accounts for a significant amount of all global e-mail traffic and presents particular difficulties in areas where bandwidth is insufficient to handle the congestion that spam creates.
“Combating the growing menace of spam and the protection of data is a global concern for legitimate Internet and smartphone users,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré.“We need to find global solutions to curtail the flow of intrusive junk mail which not only clogs up the Internet but also carries huge cost implications.”
Under the new agreement, the Internet Society and the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) will identify the best ways to build long-term capacity for addressing spam in developing countries.
The organizations have agreed to preliminarily focus their efforts on three areas:
Facilitating greater regional access to technical experts from the global Internet community who can share anti-spam knowledge and experiences on an ongoing basis
Providing educational training and information on effective anti-spam policies, technical solutions and operational requirements
Documenting anti-spam best practices
[Busan]ITU Conferred GEM-TECH Awards To India Among Seven Countries This Is To Boost Gender Empowerment
Seven outstanding individuals and organizations leading pioneering projects and advocacy linked to harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to boost gender empowerment were honoured this morning as recipients of the first-ever GEM-TECH Awards.
The awards were conferred by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré before some 2,500 delegates at a special ceremony in the morning Plenary session of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference currently taking place in Busan, Republic of Korea.
The event was introduced by leading Korean TV personality Jie-ae Sohn, a journalist with 25 years’ experience as a correspondent for some of the world’s leading media channels.
Co-organized with UN Women, the GEM-TECH Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals in the area of gender equality and mainstreaming through information and communication technology (ICT). The launch of the awards in June of this year prompted over 360 nominations from over 70 countries around the world. The awards were open to leading women and men, as well as organizations working in the field of ICT and gender.
The seven GEM-TECH winners are:
Category : applications, content, production capacities and skills for women’s social and political empowerment and links with sustainable development
Winner: UNESCO’s Women in Africa’s History e-Learning project Ethiopia
ICT applications, content, production capacities and skills for women’s economic empowerment and poverty reduction
Winner: iMerit Technology, India
 Promoting Women in the ICT sector – initiatives to attract, retain and promote women in the ICT sector and into decision-making roles (public/private sector)
Winner: BCS Chartered Institute for IT United Kingdom
 Enabling girls to become ICT creators – initiatives aimed at providing girls with the opportunity to become not just active users, but creators of ICTs and content
Winner: Research Center for Feminist Action (CIPAF) Dominican Republic
Closing the ICT gender gap, ensuring ICT accessibility for women, such as digital literacy training and ensuring affordable and meaningful access to ICTs by women.
Winner: Telecentre.org Foundation Philippines
 Efforts to reduce online threats and to build women’s confidence and security in the use of ICTs
Winner: Association for Progressive Communications (APC) South Africa
[ 7] ICT and broadband strategies, policies and frameworks that promote women’s digital empowerment
Winner: Federal Ministry of Communication Technology Nigeria
[Busan, Korea]ITU Elects Houlin Zhao Of China as Unopposed Next Secretary-General
ICT engineer turned career diplomat endorsed as ‘safe pair of hands’ to steer ITU through its next four years
ITU’s 19th Plenipotentiary Conference roundly endorsed Houlin Zhao of China as its next Secretary-General.
Zhao will take office on 1 January 2015 for a term of four years, with the possibility of re-election for one additional four-year term.
Zhao is a respected telecoms engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the international environment. He currently serves as ITU Deputy-Secretary-General (DSG), a post he has held since January 2007 after being elected by ITU’s 2006 Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey.
He was re-elected for a second four-year term at ITU’s 2010 Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico
The election took place in Busan, Republic of Korea, during the Plenary session of the PP-14 conference . Zhao won the position with 152 votes, with 156 countries present and voting. He contested the position unopposed.
Addressing the conference after the vote, Zhao told some 2,000 conference participants from around the world that he would do his best to “fulfil ITU’s mission