The World Standards Cooperation (WSC) was established in 2001 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in order to strengthen and advance the voluntary consensus-based international standards systems of ITU, ISO, and IEC.
At GSC, the world's leading telecommunications and radio standards organizations meet to promote innovation and collaboration on a broad spectrum of standards topics. Some hundred participants from Participating Standards Organizations (PSO) and ITU attend, along with observers from additional groups.
The intent of the Collaboration is to provide a globally recognized forum for the creation of an internationally accepted, globally harmonized set of ITS communication standards of the highest quality in the most expeditious manner possible to enable the rapid deployment of fully interoperable ITS communication-related products and services in the global marketplace.
As the UN specialized agency for ICTs, ITU was proud to have played the leading role in the organization of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
ITU-T's external cooperation is guided by three ITU-T Recommendations: ITU-T A.4: procedures for communicating with forums and consortia, ITU-T A.5: making reference to documents from other organizations, ITU-T A.6: cooperation and exchange of information with national and regional SDOs.
Memoranda of Understanding are written commitments to cooperation signed with external bodies with which ITU shares complementary aims or close collaborative relationships.
This cooperation is intended to raise the profile of academic institutions and promote the advancement of ICT innovations through worldwide recognition and adoption of global standards.
The PCP-TDR should ensure that key players are involved in defining and meeting the requirements for telecommunications for disaster relief, here included early warning. Participation is open to international telecommunication service providers, related government departments, standards development organizations, disaster relief organizations, and other entities working in the field.