11/18/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/18/2023 04:33
The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly 2023 (RA-23) concluded Friday, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, by charting future directions in radiocommunication systems.
The Assembly adopted a resolution that will guide the development of standards and radio interface technologies for the 6th generation of International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) systems. Among other outcomes, RA-23 also adopted a resolution on gender equality to strengthen, accelerate and widen the active involvement of women in the work of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).
"The work of the Radiocommunication Assembly helps us shape how we live together in our interconnected world," said ITU Secretary-General Doreen Bogdan-Martin. "The outcomes of this meeting ensure a promising future for ITU's Radiocommunication Sector and, through the groundbreaking resolution on gender equality, for women in the radiocommunications field."
Discussion highlights during the Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-23) included:
"This Radiocommunication Assembly has achieved significant accomplishments and the outcomes will establish the framework for the activities of the ITU Radiocommunication Study Groups in the upcoming four-year study period," said Mario Maniewicz, Director of ITU's Radiocommunication Bureau. "We have set the stage for the development of new technologies with the potential to deliver better capacity and coverage everywhere, bridging the digital divide, as well as providing possible solutions to the challenges and impacts they will have on our lives."
Promoting gender equality
The adoption of the gender resolution was called for by the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference's "Declaration on Promoting Gender Equality, Equity and Parity in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector."
The resolution calls on the ITU Radiocommunication Sector to strengthen and accelerate all efforts to ensure that its policies, work programmes, information dissemination activities, publications, study groups, seminars, courses, assemblies and conferences reflect the commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women.
With Australia's Carol Wilson serving as the first woman to chair an ITU Radiocommunication Assembly, the resolution further calls on ITU Member States to support the inclusion of women in all aspects and levels of ITU-R activities and to undertake a variety of specific actions to promote and increase the interest of, and opportunities for, women and girls in STEM fields, particularly in electrical engineering and computer science.
ITU-R Study Groups
RA-23 revised Resolution ITU-R 5-8 which established the work programme and questions for the Radiocommunication Study Groups for 2024-2027. New chairs for the ITU-R Study Groups were also appointed.
Over 1,300 delegates from 128 ITU Member States attended the Assembly which meets every four years to set the future work programmes for the ITU Radiocommunication Sector, approve radiocommunication standards (ITU-R Recommendations) and resolutions.
The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) will meet in Dubai from 20 November through 15 December 2023.
For more details, please visit the RA-23 Website
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