The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized the 2nd ITU Forum on “Creating a metaverse for all through international standards”. The Forum took place on 7 July 2023, in Shanghai, China, in conjunction with the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC). The forum was held as a physical event with remote participation, and was kindly hosted by China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Industry Association (SAIA). The Forum was preceded by the 2nd meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on metaverse, which took place from 4-6 July 2023, at the same venue.

The 2nd ITU Forum aimed to foster dialogue and cooperation among stakeholders to discuss the role of international standards to shape the metaverse. Key topics of discussion include: the role of standards to build an open and interoperable metaverse, industrial metaverse, and the role of enabling technologies to unleash a new era of immersive and interactive experiences. The forum encouraged the exchange of ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches to unlock the future of the metaverse in a way that benefits all individuals and societies.

The forum served as a global platform for stakeholders, including policymakers, industry leaders, experts, and academics, to discuss and collaborate on the development of international standards that can facilitate the creation of an inclusive, open, safe and interoperable metaverse.

Target audience:

Participation in the forum and the focus group meeting was ​open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU and who wished to contribute to the work. This includes individuals who are also members of international, regional and national organizations. This forum was free of charge.

Important Notice: To physically participate in the Focus Group meeting and Forum in Shanghai all attendees need to also fill in this form to be registered for the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC). As the Focus Group meeting and Forum will take place as part of the WAIC, filling in the provided form is compulsory. This notice does not apply to virtual attendees who only need to register using the ITU website once. 

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9:00 – 9:30 Opening Ceremony

Moderator: Zhiqin Wang, Vice Dean, CAICT, China


  • Seizo Onoe, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
  • Shujian Fan, Deputy General Director, Science and Technology Department, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China

9:30 – 9:45 Keynote Speech


Questions & Answers

9:45 – 11:00 Session 1: Key technologies powering the metaverse

Discover the cutting-edge technologies that are poised to revolutionize the metaverse and unleash a new era of immersive and interactive experiences. In this session, we will dive into the key technologies such as generative AI, blockchain, edge computing, and AR, VR and MR that have the transformative potential to unlock the future of the metaverse.

Modeartor: Shane He, Vice-chairman, ITU Focus Group on metaverse


Questions & Answers

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 2: Shaping an inclusive and open metaverse: the role of standards

This session aims to highlight the critical importance of international standards in creating an open, safe, interoperable and accessible metaverse for all. This session will provide a platform to showcase the work carried out by key standards developing organizations, such as ITU, IEEE, 3GPP, IEC and ISO, that are at the forefront of shaping standardization for the metaverse, ensuring interoperability, accessibility, and seamless experiences across diverse platforms and applications.

Moderator: Cristina Bueti, Counsellor, ITU


Questions & Answers

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:15 Keynote Speech


Questions & Answers

14:15 – 15:00 Exhibition: What’s next?: Showcase of metaverse applications

Moderator: Yuntao Wang​, Deputy Chief Engineer of Cloud Computing and Big Data Research Institute, CAICT, China


  • Wenjie Xiang, Co-founder, Hangzhou Lingban Technology
  • Yu Cheng, Marketing planning expert, NetEase Yaotai

15:00 – 16:30 Session 3: Exploring the industrial metaverse

The session on the industrial metaverse aims to delve into the transformative potential of the metaverse within the context of the manufacturing industry and related sectors. This session will bring together industry leaders and experts to explore how the metaverse can revolutionize manufacturing processes, enhance productivity, and foster innovation.

Moderator: Radia Funna, Futurist and creator of the xHuman theory ​


Questions & Answers

16:30 – 16:35 Closing Remarks

Related information

  • Organized by: International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  • Hosted by: China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT) and Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Industry Association (SAIA)
  • Date: 7 July 2023
  • Venue: Zhangjiang Science Hall, Shanghai, China
  • Contact: Ms Cristina Bueti (
  • Other ITU events on metaverse

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