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Sector strategy objectives and priorities

Extract from Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002) Resolution 71

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4.3   Within its overall mission, the priorities of the Radiocommunication Sector for 2004-2007, in addition to those that may be identified by future conferences, are indicated below, in three categories, where Category A represents the highest priority. Each priority is linked to the specific relevant goal enumerated in Part I, section 3.3 above:

Category A

4.3.1   To facilitate timely coordination between various systems in both the space and terrestrial environments and to develop spectrum regulation initiatives in order to better harmonize frequency allocations and the use of satellite orbits, while continuing work to improve inter-service and intra-service frequency coordination for space and terrestrial systems in planned and non-planned frequency bands through appropriate measures at world radiocommunication conferences (Goals 4 and 5).

4.3.2   To collaborate as needed with the Telecommunication Standardization (ITU-T) and Telecommunication Development (ITU-D) Sectors and the General Secretariat to ensure that studies are appropriately coordinated and that no duplication of work occurs (Goal 5).

4.3.3   To facilitate the introduction of modern radio systems in rural areas, with special attention to developing countries, and give assistance to Member States in spectrum management activities, e.g. through training, information meetings, seminars, the development of handbooks and the provision of tools for automated spectrum management (Goals 2 and 6).

4.3.4   To reduce the satellite network filing backlog so as to comply with the time-limits specified in the Radio Regulations by the end of the current plenipotentiary cycle in 2006 (Goal 5).

Category B

4.3.5   To ensure that world and regional radiocommunication conferences and other relevant activities within the Sector are effective and efficient; that WRC agendas do not unduly burden Member States and Sector Members, and consequently secretariat resources, by appropriately reviewing operations and working methods (Goal 5); and that resolutions and decisions are not adopted which would give rise to expenditure in excess of the limits laid down by the Plenipotentiary Conference.

4.3.6   To accommodate spectrum requirements through efficient management of the radio-frequency spectrum, free from harmful interference, through appropriate consideration at WRCs and by issuing appropriate recommendations on the characteristics and performance of radio systems to facilitate their development and implementation, while ensuring that the Radio Regulations and the rights of Member States are respected (Goals 1, 2, 4, and 5).

4.3.7   To expand the assistance offered to Member States in coordinating and registering frequency assignments and in applying the Radio Regulations, with special attention to developing countries and Member States that have recently joined the Union (Goal 2).

4.3.8   To ensure that the Radio Regulations Board (RRB) discharges its functions concerning the application of the Radio Regulations, in a manner which is fully consistent with the Constitution, Convention and Radio Regulations and maintains the confidence of Member States (Goals 1 and 5).

Category C

4.3.9   To improve international spectrum management techniques (Goals 1 and 5).

4.3.10   To improve the working methods of the Sector, particularly to strive for:

a)   greater use of more timely-developed and user-friendly software, document exchange capabilities, etc. (Goal 5);

b)   the accelerated development of recommendations and improvement in publication mechanisms (reduction of unit cost and time taken to publish, wider distribution and greater electronic availability) (Goals 5 and 6);

c)   increased use of information technology for the notification and processing of frequency assignment notices (Goals 5 and 6);

d)   a flexible organizational structure in the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), with special attention to the training and development of the Bureau's staff, incorporating the gender and youth perspectives (Goal 5).

e)   periodic reviews of study group work programmes, and review of linkage between financial, strategic and operational planning, to re-establish priorities and improve effectiveness (Goal 5).

4.3.11   To monitor, through the Radiocommunication Advisory Group (RAG), the performance of the relevant activities of the Sector against identified milestones and to propose adjustments to the strategic plan as needed (Goal 5).

4.3.12   To encourage greater participation by Member States, Sector Members, Associates and other organizations in ITU-R activities by, inter alia, concluding formal and informal task-oriented cooperation arrangements so as to facilitate the production of better global radiocommunication standards and recommendations (Goals 1, 3, and 4).


 

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