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The Financial base of the Union and Linkages

The finances of the Union are governed by the provisions of Article 28 of the Constitution and Article 33 of the Convention. The financial plan establishes the framework within which expenditure limits are established (as well as the value of the contributory unit). Within that framework, two biennial budgets are established which provide a linkage to the specific activities undertaken by the Union (activities-based budgeting), and which in turn provide linkages to the strategic plan on the one hand, and the operational plans on the other hand.

The membership and secretariat should together continue the ongoing efforts to strengthen the Union's financial foundation, understanding that the resources available to the Union are not likely to increase and may be reduced. The description of the environment noted above has natural and necessary consequences on the financial base of the Union, and requires careful, fair, appropriate and innovative responses. Consequently there will be a continuing need to improve transparency and accountability in the financial systems and practices of ITU, and the establishment of and reliance on a close and rational relationship between the strategic, financial and operational planning functions of the Union.

Financial support shall be defined for implementation of the use of the six working languages of the Union on an equal footing, in order to promote effective participation by developing countries in ITU activities.

The primary sources of finance for the Union, as reflected in part in Article 6, Article 19 and Annex 2 (voluntary contributions and trust funds) of the Financial Regulations and Resolution 11 (Rev. Marrakesh, 2002) comprise:

  • contributory units paid by Member States, Sector Members and Associates;

  • voluntary contributions;

  • income from the sale of publications;

  • cost recovery for the provision of services requested by members, for instance in the processing of satellite network filings;

  • project execution;

  • surplus income from TELECOM exhibitions, a significant proportion of which is used for development purposes;

  • other sources of income, including interest.

 

 

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