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ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

Posted: Friday, 24 September 2010

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will open its 18th Plenipotentiary Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico on 4 October 2010. The ITU Plenipotentiary is a quadrennial event and represents the highest authoritative body of the ITU, drawing participants from governments, private sector and regional and international organizations. During this critical meeting, also known as PP10, members will determine the ITU’s policy and strategic direction for the next four years. 

The meeting will focus predominantly on issues associated with the management of the ITU, but there will also be discussions on issues of particular interest to ARIN members.  Most notable has been the increasing interest of the ITU and some Member States in the management and distribution of Internet number resources. This includes the distribution of IPv4 and IPv6 IP addresses and Autonomous System (AS) Numbers, and ensuring that the shift to IPv6 does not disadvantage the developing world. The subject of global-cyber security will also be high on the agenda and the broad topic of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The conference will conclude on 22 October 2010 with the approval and signing of the Final Acts treaty by the Member States.

As a Sector Member of both the ITU-T and ITU-D, ARIN has also contributed actively, along with the other four Regional Internet Registries (RIRs), to discussions on Internet addressing issues within the ITU. Cathy Handley, Executive Director of Government Affairs, and Susan Hamlin, Director of Communications and Member Services, will represent ARIN at the conference to ensure that the voice of the ARIN community is heard.

We will publish conference news and updates on information important to the ARIN community.

Regards,

Communications and Member Services
American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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