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WTD kicks off countdown for 2021 - ITREALMS

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has kicked off countdown towards its road to Addis, a series of events organized to build momentum towards the 2021 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-21), scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 8 to 19 November 2021.

ITU also announced its new youth initiative – “Generation Connect: our future is just a click away” – to increase youth engagement in preparation for a global youth summit that will precede WTDC-21. 

The Road to Addis series will serve as a platform to discuss key themes to be addressed at WTDC-21. It will focus on advancing global connectivity and accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through six key enablers: partnerships, youth, innovation, leadership, financing, and inclusion. 

WTDC is a unique opportunity for the global community to develop innovative approaches and forge new models of collaboration to accelerate connectivity and digital solutions in this final Decade of Action to achieve the SDGs.

“I want to thank the Government of Ethiopia for bringing WTDC-21 to Addis Ababa next year,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “As we enter the Decade of Action, WTDC-21 is the opportunity to mobilize the global community around the power of digital transformation and reshape the connectivity agenda to achieve the SDGs”.

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