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Conferences Collection

ITU Conferences Collection

ITU works through conferences and meetings, where members collaborate, take decisions, and negotiate the agreements which serve as the basis for the operation of global telecommunication services. Each type of meeting has a well-defined purpose and outcome and plays its particular role in supporting ITU's mission.

This digital collection currently provides access to documents from the following types of ITU conferences:

​Plenip​​otentiary Confe​rences​
The plenipotentiary conference is the top policy-making body and supreme organ of the Union. It is a meeting of Member States. Plenipotentiary conferences adopt the underlying policies of the organization, determine its structures and activities, establish the financial plan for the organization and revise the Constitution and Convention when needed.
Radio Conferences
World and regional radiocommunication conferences are held to review, revise, expand and adopt Radio Regulations and regional agreements covering the use of the radio-frequency spectrum. Please note that only a few radio conferences are available here. More items will be added as they become available.
Telegraph and Telephone Conferences, 1879-1988
Administrative telegraph and telephone conferences were held to undertake partial or complete revision of the Telegraph Regulations and the Telephone Regulations. As of 1 January 1994, these conferences were replaced by the world conference on international telecommunications (WCIT).
Telecommunication Development Conferences
Telecommunication development conferences serve as a forum for studying policy, organization, operation, regulatory, technical, and financial questions related to the needs of developing countries. World telecommunication development conferences (WTDCs) also set up study groups on issues specific to developing countries. WTDCs adopt a declaration, a strategic plan and an action plan that directs the work of the Telecommunications Development Bureau (BDT).
World conferences on international telecommunications (WCITs)
World conferences on international telecommunications (WCITs) are held at the request of the ITU plenipotentiary conference and are empowered to revise the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), an international treaty governing the provision and operation of public telecommunication services, as well as the underlying transport mechanisms used to provide them. As of 1 January 1994, WCITs replace the former administrative telegraph and telephone conferences.
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YearAscending
Conference Name
Acronym
Conference Type
Place

1865

International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1865)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceParis

1868

International Telegraph Conference (Vienna, 1868)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceVienna

1871

International Telegraph Conference (Rome, 1871-1872)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceRome

1875

International Telegraph Conference (St. Petersburg, 1875)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceSaint Petersburg

1879

International Telegraph Conference (London, 1879)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLondon

1885

International Telegraph Conference (Berlin, 1885)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBerlin

1890

International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1890)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1896

International Telegraph Conference (Budapest, 1896)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBudapest

1903

Preliminary Conference on Wireless Telegraphy (Berlin, 1903)

Radio ConferenceBerlin

1903

International Telegraph Conference (London, 1903)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLondon

1906

International Radiotelegraph Conference (Berlin, 1906)

Radio ConferenceBerlin

1908

International Telegraph Conference (Lisbon, 1908)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceLisbon

1912

International Radiotelegraph Conference (London, 1912)

Radio ConferenceLondon

1925

International Telegraph Conference (Paris, 1925)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1927

International Radiotelegraph Conference (Washington, 1927)

Radio ConferenceWashington, D.C.

1928

International Telegraph Conference (Brussels, 1928)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceBrussels

1932

International Radiotelegraph Conference (Madrid, 1932)

Radio ConferenceMadrid

1932

International Telegraph Conference (Madrid, 1932)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceMadrid

1938

International Radiocommunication Conference (Cairo, 1938)

Radio ConferenceCairo

1938

International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Cairo, 1938)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceCairo

1947

International Radio Conference (Atlantic City, 1947)

Radio ConferenceAtlantic City

1947

International Telecommunications Conference (Atlantic City, 1947)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceAtlantic City

1949

International Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Paris, 1949)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceParis

1952

Plenipotentiary Conference (Buenos Aires, 1952)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceBuenos Aires

1958

Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1958)

Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceGeneva

1959

Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1959)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceGeneva

1965

Plenipotentiary Conference (Montreux, 1965)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceMontreux

1973

World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Geneva, 1973)

WATTC-73Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceGeneva

1973

Plenipotentiary Conference (Málaga-Torremolinos, 1973)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceMalaga-Torremolinos

1978

World Administrative Radio Conference on the Aeronautical Mobile (R) Service (Geneva, 1978)

WARC-Aer2Radio ConferenceGeneva

1979

World Administrative Radio Conference (Geneva, 1979)

WARC-79Radio ConferenceGeneva

1982

Plenipotentiary Conference (Nairobi, 1982)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceNairobi

1983

World Administrative Radio Conference for the Mobile Services (Geneva, 1983)

WARC MOB-83Radio ConferenceGeneva

1984

World Administrative Radio Conference for the Planning of the HF Bands Allocated to the Broadcasting Service (1st session) (Geneva, 1984)

WARC HFBC-84Radio ConferenceGeneva

1985

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Arusha, 1985)

Telecommunication Development ConferenceArusha

1985

World Administrative Radio Conference on the use of the geostationary-satellite orbit and the planning of the space services utilizing it (1st session) (Geneva, 1985)

WARC ORB-85Radio ConferenceGeneva

1987

World Administrative Radio Conference for the Planning of the HF Bands Allocated to the Broadcasting Service (2nd session) (Geneva, 1987)

WARC HFBC-87Radio ConferenceGeneva

1987

World Administrative Radio Conference for the Mobile Services (Geneva, 1987)

WARC MOB-87Radio ConferenceGeneva

1988

World Administrative Radio Conference on the use of the geostationary-satellite orbit and the planning of the space services utilizing it (2nd session) (Geneva, 1988)

WARC ORB-88Radio ConferenceGeneva

1988

World Administrative Telegraph and Telephone Conference (Melbourne, 1988)

WATTC-88Telegraph and Telephone ConferenceMelbourne

1989

Plenipotentiary Conference (Nice, 1989)

Plenipotentiary ConferenceNice

1992

Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992)

APP-92Plenipotentiary ConferenceGeneva

1992

World Administrative Radio Conference for Dealing with Frequency Allocations in Certain Parts of the Spectrum (Málaga-Torremolinos, 1992)

WARC-92Radio ConferenceMalaga-Torremolinos

1993

World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1993)

WRC-93Radio ConferenceGeneva

1994

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Buenos Aires, 1994)

WTDC-94Telecommunication Development ConferenceBuenos Aires

1994

Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994)

PP-94Plenipotentiary ConferenceKyoto

1995

World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1995)

WRC-95Radio ConferenceGeneva

1997

World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 1997)

WRC-97Radio ConferenceGeneva

1998

Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998)

PP-98Plenipotentiary ConferenceMinneapolis

1998

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Valletta, 1998)

WTDC-98Telecommunication Development ConferenceValletta

2000

World Radiocommunication Conference (Istanbul, 2000)

WRC-2000Radio ConferenceIstanbul

2002

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Istanbul, 2002)

WTDC-02Telecommunication Development ConferenceIstanbul

2002

Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002)

PP-02Plenipotentiary ConferenceMarrakesh

2003

World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2003)

WRC-03Radio ConferenceGeneva

2006

Plenipotentiary Conference (Antalya, 2006)

PP-06Plenipotentiary ConferenceAntalya

2006

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Doha, 2006)

WTDC-06Telecommunication Development ConferenceDoha

2007

World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2007)

WRC-07Radio ConferenceGeneva

2010

Plenipotentiary Conference (Guadalajara, 2010)

PP-10Plenipotentiary ConferenceGuadalajara

2010

World Telecommunication Development Conference (Hyderabad, 2010)

WTDC-10Telecommunication Development ConferenceHyderabad

2012

World Conference on International Telecommunications (Dubai, 2012)

WCIT-12World Conference on International TelecommunicationsDubai

2012

World Radiocommunication Conference (Geneva, 2012)

WRC-12Radio ConferenceGeneva