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Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR-20)

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​As GSR celebrated its 20th edition, we celebrated 20 years of changing regulatory frameworks, presenting an updated 20th anniversary edition of the ICT Regulation Handbook as well as concrete guidance on steps that regulators can take to achieve meaningful connectivity for digital transformation. 

GSR-20 provided you with the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge, collaborate and identify evolving regulatory tools and approaches to bring affordable, safe, secure and trusted connectivity and online access and use to people everywhere. 

​​livestreamed sessions on the interactive programme, youtube, facebook and twitter!


​​​G​S​​R-20 Events​​​ - Register h​ere​​​​​​​
​​ ​​GSR social media pack h​ere​​​​​​


GSR 20th Edition (GSR-20) Celebration Launch

To kick off our celebrations of the 20th edition of GSR, we held a first session on 30 June 2020 with the Opening Ceremony and Leadership Debate on:
"Resilient and secure digital connectivity for all - COVID-19 Recovery and lessons learned for better preparedness and response". ​

GSR-20 Regional Regulatory Roundtable Discussions

Regional Regulatory Roundtable Discussions were held online over the Summer, working with our regional colleagues, regional regulatory associations, and partners, and including:

Side and CORE Events

On 27 and 28 August: USTTI-ITU Behind the Scenes Look at Emerging Technologies webinar sessions: 
Ahead of the celebrations of the 20th edition of GSR, USTTI and ITU teamed up to provide a behind the scenes look at the work taking place to prepare for the deployment and usage of emerging technologies.Training sessions were offered on 27 and 28 August. Experts provided regulators with information on the technological underpinnings of emerging technologies and the spectrum planning that is taking place to enable these new services. Please register here​

On 31 August 2020, we held the Regional Regula​tory Associations meeting​ and the Industry Advisory Group for Development Issues and Private Sector Chief Regulatory Officer's meeting (IAGDI-CRO)​ at the same time in different virtual rooms.

On 1 September 2020, we held the Heads of Regulators Executive Roundtable (upon invitation only), just before the main sessions of GSR.

The core sessions of GSR were held from 1 to 3 September 2020 in short sessions over 3 hours each day. ​​​​​​​​​​​


Important Documents


ITU Discussion Paper​: How Broadband, Digitization and ICT Regulation Impact the Global Economy - Global Econometric Modelling Expert Report

ITU Discussion Paper​​: Report Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Digital Infrastructure - Report of an Economic Experts Roundtable

ITU Discussion Paper​​: Pandemic in the Internet Age: communications industry responses

ITU-World Bank Digital Regulation Handbook and Platform​

Invitation letter GSR Goes Digital
(English​, عربي中文EspañolFrançais Русский)

​​Invitation letters
(English,  عربي中文EspañolFrançaisРусский​)​

GSR-20 Best Practice Guidelines Consultation

Under the overall theme of "The gold standard for digital regulation", this consultation sought ideas, views and experiences on:

- Demonstrating regulatory thought leadership for digital transformation
- Vectors of regulatory action: inclusiveness, agility, and resilience
- Collaboration across sectors, cooperation across borders, and engagement across the board

GSR-20 Best Practice Guidelines
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Contributions from Regulators
Argentina (English​,​ Español​), AustraliaBahrain,​ Br​azil​​,​ Bulgaria
Chile (EnglishEspañol​)​, Colombia (EnglishEspañol),​ Costa Rica (English
Español​​), France (En​​glish​, Français​),​ India (English​), Mexico (EnglishEspañol), Peru (English​, Español​),​ Poland, Russian Federation (EnglishRussian​), Rwanda,​ Saudi Arabia​, Uganda,​​ UK

Contributions from Regional and International organisations

Contributions from civil society and the private sector
APC​, ESOAFacebook,​ Hughes Network Systems, LCC

Previous GSRs and Guidelines​



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