Communications Minister Hon Michelle Rowland MP reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to re-election to the Council of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) last night during a reception with ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic community in Canberra.
Member States, including Australia, will elect ITU Council representatives to the Plenipotentiary Conference, to be held from 26 September 2022 to 14 October 2022 in Bucharest, Romania.
Minister Rowland reiterated at the Canberra reception Australia’s desire to continue to work collaboratively with all ITU members to ensure the Union can meet the challenges arising from the rapid changes in the global telecommunications, especially as nations work together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
If re-elected, Australia will continue to promote an inclusive, open and accountable ITU, where diverse stakeholders can share ideas and work collaboratively to bridge the digital divide.
Australia has a long tradition of collaborating within ITU to improve global connectivity and is among the top 10 financial contributors to the Union.
As a member of the Council, Australia actively supports ITU to strengthen its governance arrangements, improve opportunities for women and enhance the accountability and transparency of its work.
Australia has been a member of the ITU Council since 1959, having joined the Union in 1878 (the same year the first commercial telephone service was commissioned in Melbourne). Australia is committed to advancing and supporting activities in each of the Union’s three sectors: the Telecommunications Development, Radiocommunications and Telecommunications Standardization Offices.
Quotes attributable to the Minister of Communications, the Honorable Michelle Rowland MP:
“As evidenced by our more than 140 years of membership in the International Telecommunication Union, we value the role the Union plays in improving connectivity.
“Australia’s re-election will provide the ITU Council with a strong perspective on global and regional connectivity issues. We are keen to work with other Asia-Pacific member states to ensure that all views and needs are taken into account by the Union.
“I welcome the opportunity to meet with representatives of the diplomatic community to hear their views and discuss Australia’s re-election bid.”