The expenses of the Union are primarily met by contributions from its Member States and Sector Members, each of which may, upon taking up its membership, freely decide on its class of contribution in accordance with Article 33 of the Convention. The amount of the contribution per unit payable towards the expenses of each Sector concerned shall be set at 1/5 of the contributory unit of the Member States. (See No. 480 of the Convention).
The effective amount of the contributory unit is determined every two years when the biennium budget is established by the Council. For the period 2010-2011, the annual amount of one contributory unit for a Sector Member is 63,600.00 Swiss Francs.
The minimum of the contributory unit in the Radiocommunication (ITU-R) or Telecommunication Standardization (ITU-T) Sectors is 1/2 unit each.
The 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 of the contributory unit for the
participation in the ITU-R or ITU-T Sectors are reserved for Sector Members from
the category of developing countries with annual per capital income of less than
USD 2000, according to the UNDP classification. Such Sector Members shall not be
subsidiaries of a multinational corporation whose executive headquarters is
based in a developed country and which have not yet joined either or both
In order to encourage greater participation in the Telecommunication Development Sector
(ITU-D), Sector Members of this Sector may choose 1/8 or 1/4 of the contributory unit. The 1/16 of the contributory unit is reserved for Sector Members from developing countries only.
New Sector Members shall, in respect of the year of its
accession or admission, pay in advance a contribution calculated from the first
day of the month of accession or admission, as the case may be.
The Council may exempt organizations of an international character from payment in defraying the expenses of ITU conferences and meetings, subject to reciprocity, if the request meets the following criteria and procedure:
be an organization of international character dealing with telecommunications;
have members whose participation in ITU activities would be beneficial to the aims of the Union;
allow ITU to be represented at and participate in the organization's meetings free of charge;
allow ITU access to relevant documentation.
The request will have to be submitted in writing to the Secretary-General.
The Council will consider the applications for exemption, together with views expressed by the Secretary-General, in its annual sessions. The exemption is valid only until the following plenipotentiary conference. Organizations already exempted will need to resubmit an application for a new period of exemption prior to the following plenipotentiary