Australia has been recognised with an award for our substantial contribution to the development work of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

14 November 2017

Australia was the only member state to receive an award, which was presented to the Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin, at the World Telecommunication Development Conference.

The conference is the peak meeting of the ITU Development Sector and takes place every four years, and was this year held in Buenos Aires in Argentina from 9 to 20 October.

Australia has proudly supported the ITU Development Sector to enable growth and expansion of telecommunication and ICT services since the sector was established 25 years ago.

Australia's annual contributions to the ITU support a diverse range of development activities, including improving spectrum management, building capacity to address cybersecurity challenges, improving ICT access and bridging the digital divide.

Australia's support of the ITU and its predecessor dates back to 1878, and it has been an elected member of the ITU's governing body, the ITU Council, since 1959.

Australia is committed to continuing its long standing relationship with the ITU and working collaboratively to promote social and economic development through facilitating access to technology.

For more information:

 Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau.

Left: Houlin Zhao: ITU Secretary-General
Middle: Dr Tobias Feakin: Australian Ambassador for Cyber Affairs
Right: Brahima Sanou: Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau