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ITU budget 2006-2007

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.

The other sources of financing include:

  • income from cost recovery for services like the sale of publications, project execution, satellite notifications (15.2% of total funding)
  • 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.


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