The United Arab Emirates (UAE), represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), chaired the annual meeting of the ITU Council Working Group on Child Online Protection (COP), at the ITU headquarters in Geneva.
The meeting, chaired by Engineer Abdelaziz Al Zarooni of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), discussed the development of global COP guidelines and the exchange of experiences among Member States on the best ways to build efficient and effective programs to raise parents and children’s awareness about technology risks and safe use.
The UAE also participated in a number of meetings on the sidelines of the meeting, such as meeting with The Council Working Group on Financial and Human Resources, The Council Working Group on international Internet-related public policy issues, The Council Working Group on World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF), the Council Working Group on WSIS & SDGs, and The Council Working Group on COP.
On chairing the annual meeting of the ITU Council Working Group on COP by the UAE, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: “Chairing this meeting reflects the UAE's strong position in international forums and the confidence it enjoys in the global arena. It also highlights the UAE’s leading role in achieving the safety of individuals and communities on the internet, thus enhancing happiness, prosperity and security all over the world. Today, the UAE is ranked as one of the safest countries in the world, and by chairing the Council's Working Group on COP, it contributes to the dissemination of its successful experience in this field, leading to a safer digital space that allows children and adolescents to develop their skills and abilities in a safe environment.”
H.E. Al Mansoori added: “TRA active participation in the ITU meetings is part of the country's openness to issues of concern to people globally, and reflects positively on the country's efforts to achieve leadership in various fields, especially the telecommunications sector as one of the most important sectors nowadays. Through our participation in ITU events, we accelerate decisions that serve the interest of the UAE and the countries of the region, and contribute to the promotion of the United Nations sustainable development goals at the global level. These meetings are highly important as they contribute to developing relevant laws and strategies as well as sharing our views with the world on key issues, such as the protection of children on the Internet. ”
The meetings of the Council deal with a number of important topics that define the ITU standards and the international protocols and conventions underpinning the global telecommunications system. These meetings also identify emerging technologies of future networks and services in support of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the process of digital transformation. These meetings develop technical standards and policy frameworks that make mobile and broadband accessible to all communities, and ensure that ICT services are affordable, equitable and global.
In addition, ITU meetings empower all countries in the field of telecommunications through technology education and training, and make Internet connection possible everywhere, thus, helping to achieve the sustainable development goals and dignified life for different peoples of the world.
The UAE has been elected as member of the ITU Council for the fourth consecutive time for Asia and Australia, receiving 164 votes. The UAE’s election took place at the 2018 Plenipotentiary Conference, hosted by the UAE in Dubai from October 29 to November 16, 2018.
The election of the UAE for the fourth time as a member of the ITU Council reflects the UAE's leading position in the global ICT sector, where the country has a reputation for excellence in this field and has always been a key supporter of all sustainable development efforts around the