Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón

ITU’ s 18th Plenipotentiary Conference will be opened on Monday by Mexico’ s President Felipe Calderó n.

The event is staged every four years to set the union’ s policies, adopt strategic financial plans for the next four years and elect leaders, including councillors for the ITU’ s African region.

Calderó n will be joined on the podium by the Minister of Communication and Transport, Juan Francisco Molinar, and the Governor of the State of Jalisco, Emilio Gonzá lez, alongside ITU’ s five elected officials and the Mayor of Guadalajara city, Jorge Aristó teles Sandoval.

Around 2 000 participants are expected to attend, including an estimated 130 VIPs from over 160 countries representing government, the private sector, and regional and international organizations.

During the course of the three-week conference, they will tackle a wide range of global issues including cybersecurity; strategies to reach the goal of ‘ broadband inclusion for all’ ; IPv6 addressing; the scope of the forthcoming review of the International Telecommunication

Regulations, and the preparatory process for that review; and the enhanced use of ICTs in mitigating climate change and emergency communications.

The conference will also take decisions on ITU’ s Strategic Plan and Financial Plan for 2012-2015.

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