- Underscores Basis For His Support
Cyber Era NG Special Correspondent
The 46th President of the United States (POTUS) Joe Biden is solidly behind the candidature of Doreen Bogdan-Martin for the office of the scribe of the International Telecommunications Union(ITU), Cyber Era NG has learnt.
Stated the POTUS: “I strongly support Doreen Bogdan-Martin for the next Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union. Ms. Bogdan-Martin possesses the integrity, experience, and vision necessary to transform the digital landscape.
She understands the importance of connecting every school to the Internet and making sure every student can access virtual learning, providing women and girls the digital tools they need to succeed, and extending the benefits of online health and educational resources. It is hard to believe that in today’s digital world, 2.9 billion people globally have no access to the Internet and its many benefits. That’s a challenge that holds all of us back.
The next Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union will play an important role in making our digital future inclusive and accessible for everyone, especially in the developing world. I ask all UN Member States to join the United States in voting for Doreen Bogdan-Martin at the upcoming International Telecommunication Union elections in Bucharest, Romania.”
Currently, Bogdan-Martin is Director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union, the Secretariat of ITU-D.
She was elected at the 2018 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Dubai, and was named as the first woman in the 153-year history of the ITU to hold an elected office.
Previously, Bogdan-Martin was Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership from 2008-2018. Bogdan-Martin also serves as the Executive Director of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, Co-Founder of the EQUALS Global Partnership to bridge the digital divide, Co-creator of the GIGA school connectivity program with UNICEF, and creator of the Generation Connect initiative. As Director, she has focused on delivering new partnerships, global initiatives on connectivity, innovation, digital transformation and youth engagement.
On March 31, 2021, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced official support on behalf of the United States for Bogdan-Martin’s candidacy to serve as the next Secretary General of the ITU.
If elected, Bogdan-Martin would become the first woman to serve in the role.