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Plenipotentiary Conferences

Plenipotentiary Conference (Montreux, 1965)

14 September - 12 November 1965 - Montreux, Switzerland

The Plenipotentiary Conference held in Montreux in 1965 marked the Centenary of the Union. The Conference introduced several changes in the structure of the Union: the Administrative Council was enlarged from 25 to 29 members, and the membership of the IFRB was reduced to 5 instead of 11.

The development of satellite communications as well as the creation of regional telecommunication unions to solve problems of a regional nature obliged the ITU to reorganize its Administrative Conferences so as to be able to deal separately with international and regional questions. The Conference decided to define 2 types of Administrative Conferences:

- World Administrative Conferences to deal with telecommunication questions of a worldwide character concerning all types of telecommunication services (telegraphy, telephony, radiocommunications, broadcasting, space communications, maritime and aeronautical services, etc.)

- Regional Administrative Conferences to deal with problems of a regional nature; the subject may concern either a given geographical region or a specific telecommunication service of a regional nature. The decisions of these Conferences should be in conformity with the Regulations of the World Administrative Conferences and not conflict with the interests of other regions
Plenipotentiary Conference (Montreux, 1965)
    • International Telecommunication Convention (Montreux, 1965)
      (English)
    • Compulsory Settlement of Disputes (Montreux, 1965)
      (English)
    • Convention internationale des télécommunications (Montreux, 1965)
      (Français)
    • Règlement obligatoire des différends (Montreux, 1965)
      (Français)
    • Convenio Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (Montreux, 1965)
      (Español)
    • Solución Obligatoria de Diferencias (Montreux, 1965)
      (Español)
    • International Telecommunication Convention (Montreux, 1965)
      (Chinese)
    • Compulsory Settlement of Disputes (Montreux, 1965)
      (Chinese)

Chairman

Mr. Gustav Adolph Wettstein, President of Posts, Telegraphs and Telephone(Switzerland)

Countries participating

118

    List of participants

    • List of Participants of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Montreux, 1965)
      (Multilingual)

Further Reading

  • "Plenipotentiary Conference Draws to a Close: Dr. M.B. Sarwate Elected Secretary-General and Mr. Mohamed Mili Deputy Secretary-General." Telecommunication Journal 32, no. 11 (1965): 447-448.
    (English)
  • "Results of the Plenipotentiary Conference: 118 Countries Sign Final Acts." Telecommunication Journal 32, no. 12 (1965): 495-497.
    (English)

Library Catalogue

  • Link to the ITU Library Catalogue (Montreux, 1965)
    (Multilingual)

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