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An upcoming Joint ATU-ITU Seminar on the outcomes of the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) and the World Conference on International Telecommunications ( WCIT-12) will offer Africas ICT executives and policy makers an insight into the meaning and significance of these conferences outcomes with a view to ensuring their effective implementation. The event will be preceded by two workshops geared towards key directives issued by WTSA-12 and WCIT-12, that of countering spam and ensuring the eco-friendly management of e-waste. The two full-day workshops are free of charge and open to all interested parties, including non-members of ITU.
The three events will be hosted by South Africas Department of Communications at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa:
- ITU Workshop onCountering and Combating Spam, 8 July 2013.
- ITU Workshop on Environmentally Sound Management of e-Waste, 9 July 2013.
- Joint ATU-ITU Seminar on the outcomes of WTSA-12 and WCIT-12, organized by the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) and ITU, 10-11 July 2013.
The 2012 meeting of ITU-Ts main decision-making body, WTSA, adopted the first-ever Resolutions on e-health, software-defined networking and e-waste. ITU-T also saw its mandate re-emphasized and strengthened in crucial areas such as accessibility, climate change, and conformity and interoperability, along with encouragement for the greater participation of academia.
WCIT-12s revision of the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) was especially relevant to ITU-T, with the new treaty requiring Member States to encourage the application of relevant ITU-T Recommendations in areas including Quality of Service (QoS), numbering, international calling line identification, international roaming, emergency communications, countering spam, energy-efficiency, e-waste and accessibility. WCIT-12 also called on ITU-T to study the regulatory, technical and economic issues which need to be addressed in the transition from dedicated phone and data networks to converged IP-based networks.
The workshop on Countering and Combating Spam responds to Article 7 of the new ITRs on unsolicited bulk electronic communications which encourages Member States to cooperate in taking necessary measures to prevent the propagation of spam and minimize its impact on international telecommunication services.
The workshop on the Environmentally Sound Management
of e-Waste responds to Article 8 of the new ITRs which encourages Member
States to adopt energy-efficiency and e-waste best practices, taking into account
relevant ITU-T Recommendations. WTSA-12 offered another boost to ITUs mandate in
this arena by agreeing a new Resolution on e-waste; giving further impetus to ITUs
standardization work on the subject and requesting ITUs standardization and development
sectors, ITU-T and ITU-D,
to assist Member States in instituting policy frameworks that limit e-wastes negative
environmental effects. It also instructs ITU-T Study Group 5 to develop Recommendations,
methodologies and other publications relating to handling and controlling e-waste
as well as methods of treating it.