The Union’s main source of financing is the contributions of its
Member States, which account for 64.2% of the overall budget. At
each plenipotentiary conference, every member (States and Sector
Members alike) selects its class of contribution. The amount of the
contributory unit is determined when the budget is approved and the
current value of one contributory unit for a Sector Member is set at
1/5 of that of a Member State. Sector Members contribute 11.6% of
the overall budget. Associates contribute 0.6% of the overall
budget. The scale of unit classes ranges from 1/16 of a
unit to 40 units but any member may choose a number of contributory
units over 40. Only Member States listed by the United Nations as
least developed countries and those determined by the Council may
select the 1/8 and 1/16 unit classes of contribution. In addition,
assessed contributions for regional conferences contribute 2.8% of
the overall budget.
sources of financing include:
- income from cost recovery for services like the sale of
publications, project execution, satellite notifications (15.2% of
- other income, such as withdrawals from the Reserve Account and
income from interest (5.6% of total funding).
The Union operates on a biennial budget, that is, a budget
approved by the Council every two years. The budget must remain
within the limits set by the Plenipotentiary Conference
for two budgetary cycles.
For the years 2006–2007, the budget of
the Union stands at CHF 339 435 000, with the contributory unit
valued at CHF 318 000 for Member States and CHF 63 600 for Sector
Members. In addition, the contributory unit for Associates has
been fixed at CHF 10 600 for the ITU Radiocommunication Sector
(ITU-R) and ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T),
CHF 3 975 for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector
(ITU-D) and CHF 1 987.50 for Associates from developing countries
participating in the ITU-D sector.
The 2006-2007 budget is
structured by Sector, section and by category of expenditure. It covers the funding of
144 activities. These result in the delivery of 53 outputs that are
linked to the strategic goals of the Union.