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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)
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International Telecommunication Convention (Montreux, 1965)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Compulsory Settlement of Disputes (Montreux, 1965)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Convention internationale des télécommunications (Montreux, 1965)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Règlement obligatoire des différends (Montreux, 1965)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Convenio Internacional de Telecomunicaciones (Montreux, 1965)(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Solución Obligatoria de Diferencias (Montreux, 1965)(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
International Telecommunication Convention (Montreux, 1965)(Chinese)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Compulsory Settlement of Disputes (Montreux, 1965)(Chinese)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
List of Documents of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Montreux, 1965)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 1-100(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 101-200(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 201-300(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 301-400(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 401-500(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 501-612(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DT. No. 2-108(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Liste des documents de la Conférence de plénipotentiaires (Montreux, 1965)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 1-100(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 101-200(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 201-300(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 301-400(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 401-500(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document No. 501-612(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Document DT No. 2-108(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Lista de los Documentos de la Conferencia de Plenipotenciarios (Montreux, 1965)(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 1-100(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 101-200(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 201-300(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 301-400(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No.401-500(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos No. 501-612(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Documentos DT No. 2-108(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)


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

Countries participating


List of participants

List of Participants of the Plenipotentiary Conference (Montreux, 1965)(Multilingual)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

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)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
"Results of the Plenipotentiary Conference: 118 Countries Sign Final Acts." Telecommunication Journal 32, no. 12 (1965): 495-497.(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)

Library Catalogue

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


The Morning Electron (Montreux, 1965)(English)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
Electron du Matin (Montreux, 1965)(French)download PDF PDF (acrobat)
El Electron de la Mañana (Montreux, 1965)(Spanish)download PDF PDF (acrobat)