Transportation and Telecommunication

Transportation Today

The history of shipping is a glorious and proud one. There is no doubt, for example, that the magnificent square riggers of the era of sail or the early 20th century's prestigious ocean liners could stir the hearts of all those that beheld them. But the ships of today are just as worthy of our admiration, for shipping today is in another truly golden age. Ships have never been so technically advanced, never been as sophisticated, never been more immense, never carried so much cargo, never been safer and never been so environmentally-friendly as they are today.


Information and communication technology issues are a global concern. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency based in Switzerland, is responsible for connecting the world. It has organized the shared global use of the radio spectrum; promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits; worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world; established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems and addressed the global challenges of our times, such as mitigating climate change and strengthening cybersecurity. From broadband Internet to latest-generation wireless technologies, from aeronautical and maritime navigation to radio astronomy and satellite-based meteorology, from convergence in fixed-mobile phone, Internet access, data, voice and TV broadcasting to next-generation networks, the ITU has a role to play.

(Image right) Full size poster download available from ITU site.