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Secretary Kerry: Press Statement on the 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference #Plenipot14
October 17, 2014

U.S. Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea

Press Statement

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
October 16, 2014


In today’s world everyone is connected. With the touch of a button – or the swipe of a finger – we can talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, about anything. And we can do it instantly. The communications revolution has radically changed how we live our lives, do business, choose our leaders, provide health care, and interact with other cultures.

Almost 150 years after its creation, the International Telecommunication Union remains critical to overseeing and advancing the extent and the efficiency of international communications. The Republic of Korea will host the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 in Busan from October 20 to November 7. This international gathering is an important opportunity for ITU Member States to review the work of the Union and prioritize programs, improve working methods, and increase collaboration with other institutions.

The U.S. delegation to Busan will be led by Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda and consist of nearly 130 government, private sector, and civil society representatives. They will work with our partners to ensure that the ITU is transparent and accountable, while remaining responsive to the evolution of technology. As the fast paced march of innovation continues, it is essential we meet the needs of all telecommunications users, especially those from underserved communities.

Telecommunications connect our societies, create shared prosperity, and facilitate the exchange of goods and services, as well as thoughts and ideas. We look forward to working with our friends and allies to ensure that the ITU continues to be a hub for open and broad-based global communications.