Approval of WRC-12 Agenda, dates and venue
At its session in 2008, the
ITU Council resolved by its
Resolution 1291 to
convene the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) in Geneva and adopted
the Agenda for this Conference in the
Annex to the same Resolution. After
further consultations regarding the dates for this next WRC, the Council
approved by correspondence on June 2009 that this next WRC will be held in
Geneva from 23 January to 17 February 2012 (WRC-12) and that it will be preceded
by the Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-12)
also in Geneva from 16 to 20 January 2012 (see Council Resolution 1291 (MOD)). On August 2009, this Council
decision has received the agreement of the required majority of the ITU Member
States in accordance with Nos.
42 and 118 of the ITU Constitution.
Scope of the WRC-12 Agenda
With its 25 specific and 8 permanent items, the Agenda for WRC-12 is no less
complex than that of WRC-07. Among the issues on the Agenda is the resolution of
some key objectives, such as:
The review of the international regulatory framework applicable to radiocommunications, as established in Resolution 951 (Rev. WRC-07. This review
should reflect the convergence of some radio services arising from the
development of next-generation networks and new radio applications using new
The identification of appropriate mechanisms to make the best use of the
digital dividend in the UHF and other frequency bands, providing new
opportunities for the radiocommunication services in those frequency bands.
The identification of solutions to accommodate the new spectrum requirements
necessary to achieve increasing security in transport for both the maritime and areonautical services.
The identification of additional spectrum resources and required protection
for scientific and other radiocommunication services, which are key services for
operations related to the Environment, Meteorology and Climatology, as well as
disaster prediction, mitigation and relief. With the identification of solutions
to those issues and to the reduction of ICT environmental impact, for example
with the introduction of more digital services requiring less power consumption,
WRC-12 will be a milestone for the ITU to meet its commitment for achieving
climate neutrality with the use of ICTs as effective tools to combat and reduce
Climate Change and its effects.
In view of the importance of its objectives, WRC-12 is expected to be just as
challenging as WRC-07, where there were more than 2600 delegates from 164 countries
(See WRC-07 Newsroom) and more than 3000 proposals for modifications of the
ITU Radio Regulations.
ITU-R preparatory studies for WRC-12
ITU-R preparation for WRC-12 started immediately after
WRC-07 and is performed
within the framework of the ITU-R Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM-11), which
held its first session on 19 and 20 November 2007 (CPM-11-1) and which will hold
its second session from to 14 – 25 February 2011 (CPM-11-2).
Up-to-date information on the on-going technical and regulatory studies for
WRC-12 is available
reflects the very good progress made so far towards the regional preparation and
texts for the 'Draft CPM Report to WRC-12' by 16 July 2010.
Regional preparation for WRC-12
The experiences with recent WRCs have shown that one of the most efficient
elements for successful preparation of Conferences is the increasing level of
As for past WRCs, and to guarantee the same level of achievement at this next
WRC, there is a need to continue the trend toward increasing the number of
common and coordinated proposals. This process, which highlights the great
spirit of international cooperation that marks the ITU tradition of consensus
building, has indeed proved to be more and more successful within and between
the various regional groups: APT, ASMG, ATU, CEPT, CITEL, RCC – further
information is available
Several meetings of these regional groups have already been held, and, in order
to provide a first worldwide forum to enhance this regional preparation, the ITU
Radiocommunication Bureau, in collaboration with Africa Telecommunication Union
(ATU), is organizing an
'ITU meeting on WRC-12 Preparation, in collaboration with ATU' in Geneva
from 14 to 16 September 2009.
In addition to the information relating to the Bureau's and regional
preparations for WRC-12, this meeting will allow all the regional groups to
present any of their preliminary views with respect to WRC-12 Agenda items. It
will also provide participants the opportunity to exchange information and views
on the preliminary draft common proposals and positions of other regional groups
and those of some organizations.
The internal reflections and discussions that have already started within each
regional group, as well those groups’ long experiences on preparation for WRCs,
will be of great benefit to all the participants attending this meeting.
With the organization of this meeting and other possible subsequent similar
meetings, as well as with its participation, to the extent possible, at meetings
of regional groups, the Radiocommunication Bureau will continue to contribute to
the preparation for WRC-12 in accordance with Resolution 72 (Rev. WRC-07).
The next ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) will be held in
Geneva, Switzerland from 23 January to 17 February, 2012.
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