The Union's main source of financing is the contributions of its Member States, which
account, in the 2002-2003 budget, for 66.1% 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 and Associates contribute 13.3% 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
The other sources of financing include:
- income from cost recovery for services like the sale of publications, project execution,
satellite notifications (17% of total funding).
- other income, including withdrawals from the Reserve Account and income from interest
(3.6% of total funding).
The Union operates on the basis of a biennial budget, that is, a budget approved by the
Council every two years. The budget must remain within expenditure limits set by the
Plenipotentiary Conference for two budgetary cycles.
For the years 2002-2003, the budget of the Union stands at CHF 341 947 736, with the
contributory unit valued at CHF 315 000 for Member States and CHF 63 000 for Sector Members. In
addition, the contributory unit for Associates has been fixed at CHF 10 500 for the
ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T),
CHF 3 937.50 for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D) and CHF 1 968.75
for Associates from developing countries participating in the ITU-D sector.
The budget covers the funding of 48 activities identified for 2002-2003, as well as
centralized administrative and support services. It is structured by Sector, activity and type