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 Explanatory Notes of the Basic Texts of ITU


1.     The Constitution (CS) and Convention (CV) and their respective Annexes are those adopted by the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992), incorporating the amendments adopted by the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994), the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998), the Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002), the Plenipotentiary Conference (Antalya, 2006) and the Plenipotentiary Conference (Guadalajara, 2010).
 

2.     The margin numbers of the CS, CV and Annexes are located in the left-hand margin, sometimes accompanied by the symbol "PP-94" referring to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Kyoto, 1994) and/or "PP-98" referring to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Minneapolis, 1998) and/or "PP 02" referring to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Marrakesh, 2002) and/or "PP 06" referring to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Antalya, 2006) and/or "PP 10" referring to the Plenipotentiary Conference (Guadalajara, 2010).

        Examples:

a)     A simple margin number, e.g.,

496

 

 

 

 

        indicates a provision adopted by the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992) and not amended since then.

b)    A simple margin number accompanied by PP-94, PP-98 or PP‑02, PP‑06,PP‑10, e.g.,

269

or

136

or

200

or

209

or

209

PP-94

 

PP-98

 

PP‑02

 

PP‑06

 

PP‑10

        indicates a provision adopted by the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992) and amended by PP-94, PP-98, PP‑02,PP-06 or PP-10 as appropriate.

c)     A simple margin number accompanied by PP-94 and PP-98, e.g.,

239

 

 

 

 

PP-94
PP-98

 

 

 

 

        indicates a provision adopted by the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992) and amended by both PP-94 and PP-98.


d)    A margin number followed by a letter and accompanied by PP‑94, PP‑98, PP‑02, PP-06 or PP-10, e.g.,

59A 

or

241A

or

207A

or

269E

or

269E

PP-94

 

PP-98

 

PP‑02

 

PP‑06

 

PP‑10

        indicates a provision added by PP-94, PP-98, PP‑02 PP-06,or PP-10 as appropriate.

e)     A margin number followed by a letter and accompanied by PP‑94 and PP‑98, e.g.,

60B 

 

 

 

 

PP-98
PP-02

PP-06
PP-10

 

 

 

 

        indicates a provision added by PP‑98, and amended by PP‑02, PP-06 and by PP‑10.

 

3.     The symbol "(SUP)" indicates a provision or series of provisions deleted by PP‑94, PP‑98, PP‑02, PP-06 or PP-10.

 

4.     In the CS and CV, except in certain cases where particular margin/chapter/ section/article/paragraph numbers have had to be revised editorially for reasons of logical order or consistency, the numbering in the Final Acts of the adopting or amending plenipotentiary conference has been retained. Thus, the letters A, B, C, etc. are retained in added provisions; the Latin suffixes bis, ter, quater, etc. are retained in added paragraphs; and chapters/sections/ articles have not been renumbered when text has been deleted (e.g., the Convention "jumps" from Chapter II to Chapter IV, because Chapter III no longer exists). This will facilitate cross-referencing with the Final Acts of the plenipotentiary conference concerned and make it possible to trace the evolution of the CS and CV texts through successive plenipotentiary conferences.

 

5.     The Optional Protocol on the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes was adopted during the Additional Plenipotentiary Conference (Geneva, 1992), and has not been amended since.


 

6.     The General Rules of Conferences, Assemblies and Meetings of the Union were adopted by PP‑02 and modified by PP-06 or PP-10. These General Rules comprise:

      the General Provisions Regarding Conferences and Assemblies, made up of the provisions of Articles 26 to 30 of the Convention, transferred by PP‑02 into this new instrument;

      the Rules of Procedure of Conferences, Assemblies and Meetings of ITU;

      the procedures for electing the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General, the Directors of the Bureaux of the Sectors, the members of the Radio Regulations Board and the Member States of the Council, adopted by PP‑02; and

      the procedures for amendment, adoption and entry into force, likewise adopted by PP‑02.

        The margin numbers to these General Rules are located in the left-hand margin.

 

7.     The decisions, resolutions and recommendations are those currently in force. "(Kyoto, 1994)", "(Minneapolis, 1998)", "(Marrakesh, 2002)", "(Antalya, 2006)"  and "(Guadalajara, 2010)" indicate adoption by PP‑94, PP‑98, PP‑02, PP-06 or PP-10, respectively. "(Rev. Minneapolis, 1998)", "(Rev. Marrakesh, 2002)" , "(Rev. Antalya, 2006)" and "(Rev. Guadalajara, 2010)" indicates adoption by PP‑94 and revision by PP‑98, PP‑02, PP-06 or PP-10. Each decision, resolution and recommendation includes, moreover, an indication of the plenipotentiary conference which adopted it, and, as the case may be, of any subsequent conference having revised it.

 

8.     The present collection also contains a full list of the decisions, resolutions and recommendations adopted, revised or abrogated by PP‑94, PP‑98, PP‑02, PP-06 or PP-10.

 

9.     When using the Analytical Table, please also refer to the specific explanatory notes to the table itself.

 

Note by the General Secretariat: In accordance with Resolution 70 (Rev. Guadalajara, 2010) of the Plenipotentiary Conference on the inclusion of gender mainstreaming in ITU, the language used in the basic instruments of the Union (Constitution and Convention) is to be considered as gender neutral.


 

 

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