Negotiators at a conference on UN telecommunications regulations say they've found one bit of common ground — how to call for help.
Envoys from 193 nations will decide between 911 or 112 as a standard global emergency number for new generations of mobile phones and other devices.
Wednesday's announcement marks a rare show of consensus at the International Telecommunications Union meeting in Dubai, where delegates remain deeply divided over whether to endorse greater government sway over the internet.
A US-led bloc fears it could be used by nations to justify greater internet restrictions. Others such as China, Russia and Gulf Arab states are pushing for acknowledgement that governments have a key stake in internet affairs.
Both sides are engaged in intense lobbying before the meeting wraps up on Friday.