The Plenipotentiary Conference held in
October-November 1982 in
The task of this independent commission was "to study the problems related to the global development of telecommunications". The conference instructed it to evaluate how to "reduce the insufferable gap between developed and developing countries in terms of telecommunications".
by Donald Maitland, this commission submitted its report in 1984 to the
Secretary General Richard Butler, with the evocative title of The Missing Link.
It was immediately adopted by the OAU, the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
and the ITU. For the latter, it reflected both an involvement and a plan of
action. One of its clauses stipulated that "at the beginning of the next
century, the whole mankind would be within easy reach of a telephone" and
indicated that, for the Developing Countries, "no human being should be
more than one hour away from an easy reach of a telephone".
The text of the Convention after the Nairobi Conference as published in the Australian Treaty Series.
Benin 26 September 1982
Niger 28 September 1982
Tunisia 1 October 1982
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 19 May 1982