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									     Civil Society and the ITU

         Max Cadet, Head, External Affairs Unit
        Tim Kelly, Head, Strategy and Policy Unit
     International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

ITU/CONGO informal consultation on the participation of
      relevant stakeholders, Geneva, 18 May 2007

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Civil Society in the ITU
 Opportunities for civil society participation
   Through existing membership structure
   As observers
   Through multi-stakeholder partnerships and MoUs
 Arguments for enhanced civil society
  participation and for maintaining the status quo
 What can be done now?
 Plenipotentiary Resolution 141 on Study of
  participation of all relevant stakeholders
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Membership categories
 Member States            each Member State shall be free to make up its
  delegation as it wishes (CS No., 1005)

 Sector Members
    Recognized operating agencies, scientific or industrial organizations,
     and financial or development institutions (CS No. 229)
    Other entities dealing with telecommunications (CS No. 230)
    Regional and other international telecommunication, standardization,
     financial or development organizations (CS No. 231)

 Associates
    Admitted to take part in a given study group or subgroup (CV 241)

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Examples of Sector Members and Associates
that might be considered “civil society”
      University of North Carolina
      International Telecommunication Academy *
      Navajo Nation Telecom Regulatory Authority
      TNO Netherlands
      International Committee for the Red Cross *
      African Diaspora for the Information Society *
      DAISY Consortium
      Internet Society *
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Note: * exempt from fees.
Additional ways of participating
 As Observers in WSIS-related meetings
   Following WSIS rules of procedure
 As Observers in ITU meetings
   Provisions updated in Resolution 145 (Antalya, 2006)
 As Partners
   Multi-stakeholder partnerships include Connect the
    World, Digital Opportunity Platform, Shaping
    Tomorrow’s Networks
   Through MoUs, e.g., Télécoms Sans Frontières,
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  Examples of civil society involvement
“The role of ICTs in protecting and    “We are very pleased to
enhancing the development of           collaborate with ITU. To
children is a fact of life. As         effectively implement our projects
Executive Director of Child Helpline   in emergency, prevention and
International I highly value the       development, we work with
partnership and friendship between     governments and other partners,
ITU and CHI. I belief that this bond   especially from the private sector
can lever the power of ICT and can     to leverage available expertise,
thus provide a lifeline to children    equipment, financial resources
and young people in need of care       and technical support. ITU is a
and protection.”                       natural conduit for NGOs like
                                       ours.”
Nenita La Rose                         Jean-Francois
Executive Director                     Casenave
                                       Télécoms Sans Frontières
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      Arguments for enhanced civil society
      participation *
       WSIS principle of multi-stakeholder participation for
        building the Information Society
       Diversity and fresh perspectives from civil society entities
       Operational field experience, and better representation of
        special interest groups
       Access to resources, financial and human
       Closer relationships with academia and with research
        organizations and standardization bodies

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Note: * Based on contributions from Member States at Antalya PP-06
      Arguments for status quo *
   Civil society can already participate effectively in many
    parts of ITU’s work and through existing membership
    structure
   Need to demonstrate a genuine interest in telecoms to avoid
    politicization of ITU’s work
   Some civil society organization may be a “front” for state-
    funded or lobbyist organizations
   Managing increase in requests for visa assistance
   Large-scale participation may generate additional costs
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Note: * Based on contributions from Member States at Antalya PP-06
What steps are already being taken?
 Building multi-stakeholder partnerships
 Regular consultation meetings with civil society
 Apply WSIS participation rules to meetings
 Making ITU publications more accessible, e.g.,
  through “free Recommendations online”
 Establishing closer relationships with
  universities (e.g., meeting on 18-19 Jan)

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What additional steps could be taken?
 Formal review of which meetings are open to
  “observers”
 Promoting civil society participation, e.g.,
  through a CS portal on website
 Streamlining membership procedures and fee
  waiver
 Greater ITU participation in civil society events
 Greater openness for documents and webcasts

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 Council Working Group (Res 141)
 By Resolution 141, Antalya Plenipotentiary established a
  Council Working Group to:
    Establish a set of criteria for defining “relevance”
    Analyse the definitions of membership categories
    Review existing mechanisms for participation
    Identify necessary efforts to ensure effective participation of all
     relevant stakeholders
    Draft possible amendments to the CS/CV
    Identify issues that Member States reserve
    Consider financial obligations and consequences

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website: www.itu.int/council/groups/stakeholders

     Send inputs to: ITU-Stakeholders@itu.int
        or contact: max.cadet@itu.int
                     tim.kelly@itu.int


                   Thank you


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