ITU Secretary-General, Dr Hamadoun I. Touré has delivered opening speech today at World Telecommunication/ICT Policy Forum (WTPF-13). At the middle of his address Dr. Touré dramatically picked up a blue helmet of the UN Peacekeeping soldiers and said,
And it is my pleasure to announce to you today … [pause] … that we are not taking over the Internet.
The UN peacekeepers, in their blue helmets, … [pause] … are not coming to take over the world’s IXPs.
The UN peacekeepers are not coming to take over the Internet’s critical resources – including the root servers and the DNS.
And my good friend Fadi Chehadé, the CEO of ICANN, can continue doing his good work over there – without me telling him what to do.
Seriously – we never intended to take over the Internet.
The Internet’s doing just fine!
Here is the full text of Dr Hamadoun I. Touré’s speech.