Ibadan, 21 November 2023. – The United Arab Emirates, represented by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), is hosting the 2023 edition of the World Radio Conference (ITU WRC-23) in the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The conference began yesterday, Monday, November 20 and will continue till December 15 2023. The conference holds every three to four years to review and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.
ITU WRC-23 will bring national Government authorities and telecommunication regulatory entities together with representatives of key radiocommunications users and providers for crucial policy and technical regulatory discussions at the global level. Furthermore, representatives of countries, companies, and other organizations will come together to discuss rules that will ensure the best application of radio waves, set out under an agenda featuring a broad selection of topics put forward at the end of the conference.
During the opening ceremony, Maximillian Jacobson-Gonzalez, on behalf of the UN Secretary-General, noted that “radio frequencies, whether on earth or in space, form the backbone of advanced communication for all humanity, from education to health care from agriculture to climate monitoring, expanding radio communication services, and bridging the digital divide is key to reducing inequalities and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.”
The World Radio Conference allows collaboration between governments, the private sector, regional technical organizations, researchers and academia to promote fair and stable regulation. According to the UN Secretary-General, this forms the foundation for investment and innovation that leaves no one behind.