The US candidate defeated his opponent Russia in the vote to elect the leader of the UN International Telecommunication Union with a 4-year term.
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the US nominee, on September 29 defeated the Russian representative Rashid Ismailov in the race for the leadership seat of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), after winning 139 out of 172 votes at the polls in Bucharest, Romania.
Bogdan-Martin, 56, became the first female leader of ITU, the agency based in the Swiss city of Geneva. Ms. Bogdan-Martin used to be the leader of the Telecommunication Development Authority of ITU.
The result of the vote is considered an important indicator of the results of the West’s efforts to isolate Russia diplomatically at the United Nations, in the context that many countries’ determination to deal with Moscow is showing signs of improvement. signs of decline after more than 7 months of war in Ukraine.
“I have been working for this moment for more than three decades,” Bogdan-Martin said after the results were announced, vowing to maintain unity within the coalition and increase coordination to improve digital connection.
The ITU was founded in 1865, initially to deal with problems with telegraph interruptions in border areas. The agency now ensures international communications for businesses and citizens, and sets the standard for new technologies like artificial intelligence.
More than two years after the establishment of the United Nations, ITU reached an agreement with this agency to become a specialized unit under its authority. The US representative held the position of ITU director in 1960-1965, while the Soviet Union and Russia had never had any representative hold this position.
Nguyen Tien (Theo Reuters)